Rumour: teams around the NHL pursuing Russian star

Vladimir Tkatchev

Reports out of Russia indicate that several NHL teams may be lining up to sign Russian center Vladimir Tkatchev. The 23 year old has 22 points in 37 games for Ak Bars of the KHL.

He's never played in the NHL and wasn't drafted. Nonetheless, the late bloomer is on several team's radar.

Among those teams are the Chicago Blackhawks and Winnipeg Jets. Chicago may be looking to duplicate the success they have had with fellow Russian scorer Artemi Panarin. Winnipeg may not be the best situation for a young forward, given the already intense competition for jobs. Several more NHL teams are believed to be involved in the bidding war, which is likely to stretch into the offseason.

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