Filatov plans return to KHL

A report in a Russian newspaper said RW Nikita Filatov is negotiating a return to the KHL this season. The sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft was acquired by the Senators from Columbus for a third-round pick at this year’s draft, but had just one assist in six games before he was demoted. Filatov was in the Binghamton lineup Tuesday night, but players have negotiated a release in the past. He entered the game with four goals and two assists in 11 games for the Baby Sens …
Upset with the questioning after CBC’s Kelly Hrudey accused LW Rene Bourque of lacking passion, Flames coach Brent Sutter went on a diatribe. “I have issues with all this and the fact you guys keep talking about Rene Bourque,” said Sutter. “He’s getting told every day how he has to score goals and, to be quite honest, as a coach, working with Rene, I’m trying to get him to where his game is a complete game … Off that will come his goal scoring. Right now everything is twisted the other way.” Once the Flames can get Bourque on track, they’ll be able to deal him. GM Jay Feaster has certainly failed to get that done … D David Rundblad was scratched for the second straight game. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him sent to Binghamton for seasoning once Matt Carkner is ready to return from his knee injury.

19 Responses to Filatov plans return to KHL

  1. alpalstewart says:

    I havent seen much of the senators this year so whats the deal with rundblad,is he playing badly or has he been sitting out because they plan on dealing him.

    I know that the oilers had lots of interested in him. Makes me wonder.
    Are we ready to call filatov a bust, 6th overall pick traded for a 3rd rounder i'd say clb thinks so.
    perhaps they could package him with a mid pick for turris, or even rundblad packaged with filatov to the oilers for gags and a 3rd. just some random thoughts.  🙂
  2. mojo19 says:

    How awesome is Cliff Fletcher for trading up to draft Luke Schenn at 5. If he hadn't there is a good chance we could've drafted this bust.

  3. alpalstewart says:

    schenn is in the nhl i'll give him that, but he is suffering in his own end right now. i hope for your sake he regains his form from late last season.

  4. mojo19 says:

    Ya, I wouldn't be too worried about a 22 year old who is struggling. He's gone through stretches like this before in his young career, and he's always bounced back. I like Schenn, he'll be okay.

  5. Boston_Bruins says:

    Kind of sad to see him go this route in his career. He was one of those players during his draft year where you just couldn't wait to see what he could do in this league. I can't help but think of the Columbus curse.

  6. reinjosh says:

    Following in the steps of Zherdev. I hope Johansen and whoever Columbus picks in the draft this year don't follow that…

  7. leafmeister says:

    It does have a lot to do with Columbus's handling of him. I bet if he were drafted by Detroit, and given years to develop his defensive game, he could have become a very good player. Undeniable talent.

  8. MystifoLeafs says:

    I rather the kid go back to the KHL at this point. I mean he has an amazing skill set its just he can't adjust to the NHL game style. I wish him all the best in the KHL. Shame real life is not like NHL 11 because I used to pick up all these crazy Russians like Filatov, Zherdev, etc and they always became stars. Ah well that's video games for ya.

  9. TheLeafNation91 says:

    I contribute this to Columbus poor drafting in the top 10:

    -Alexandre Picard
    -Nikolai Zherdev
    -Pascal Leclaire
    -Rostislav Klesla

    They could not hit one on the head. That is rough. The only one they hit on the head is Rik Nash…And I really like John Moore and Ryan Johansen


    Stay away from:

    -French Canadians
    -QMJHL players

    Focus on:

    -English Canadians

    And look, this team is competitive again

    -English Canadians

  10. alpalstewart says:

    basically what your saying is follow the oilers lead on drafting 🙂 lol

  11. reinjosh says:

    Rough, rough drafting. The three best players they drafted were arguably Nash, Voracek and Klesla. 

    Voracek could take the next step this year. He's certainly primed for it in Philly. As a 50 – 60 point winger they could do worse at picking 7th overall. 
    But overall I agree, just not good drafting. 
  12. reinjosh says:

    And that's a pretty sweeping generalization for players. There have been a ton of successful players to come out the 4 groups you mentioned. 

  13. reinjosh says:

    And that's a pretty sweeping generalization for players. There have been a ton of successful players to come out the 4 groups you mentioned. 

  14. reinjosh says:

    And that's a pretty sweeping generalization for players. There have been a ton of successful players to come out the 4 groups you mentioned. 

  15. thisgamewelose says:

    I wouldn't worry about it either.  Myers was in a similar situation in the early part of last year, before he bounced back. This year he finds himself struggling through the start of the season again, but he had 2 goals last night and there's no denying that he's talented and will probably bounce back and finish with another strong season.

    Michael Del Zotto, had a great first season but then struggled last year, he's bounced back and has had a good start to 2011-2012. A lot of young defensemen go through that. I wouldn't worry about it.

  16. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Well yeah, I'm just speaking for Columbus sake.

    Washington should continue to draft Russians with their first rounders.

    Toronto should not draft Europeans at all with first rounders.

    Just some correlations you see over the years.

  17. mapleleafsfan says:

    Really wanted to get your point across eh

  18. TheLeafNation91 says:

    Poor guy has been losing a lot of battles lately…Wanted to stress his points further 🙂

  19. mojo19 says:

    Ya exactly. When young forwards struggle, maybe they're not scoring so it kind of hurts, but when young d-men struggle it usually is a bigger deal because it results in goals against, so they're just more under the microscope by nature.

    Now, if guys like Schenn, Myers, Del Zotto continue to struggle more often then playing well, and it continues until the ages of 24, 25, 26, then it might be time to suggest they might not be "it". But at 22, a 10-15 game slump is not a big deal.

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