Filatov wants out; Sens say not so fast
Nikita Filatov wants to take the money and run all the way back to Moscow.
Senators GM Bryan Murray confirmed Wednesday the 21-year-old top prospect isn’t happy playing with the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton and asked for his release, so he can suit up for the Central Red Army in the KHL.
In a meeting last Sunday when the Baby Sens were at Scotiabank Place for a game, Murray told Filatov he won’t be going anywhere soon and that he might to wait until the end of November for a decision.
“He has some concern about being in Binghamton. He wants to be in the NHL,” Murray said at Rexall Place as the Senators geared up to face the Oilers Thursday. “There are some options for him.
He has a contract and an obligation to our organization. What I told him is, ‘We’re going on a road trip for two weeks. Go down and play in Binghamton, play hard. If we feel at the end of the trip that we’d like to give an opportunity to you again … and if by the end of November you’re not in the NHL, I will sit down and talk with you again.’ That may happen sooner.”