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.

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