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.”

6 Responses to Filatov wants out; Sens say not so fast

  1. JoelLeafs says:

    Pffft, if he really wanted to play in the NHL he would much rather train in the AHL than the KHL. 

    Only a 3rd, but this could bite the Sens in the ass in the long term.
  2. MystifoLeafs says:

    Honestly the KHL has harder competition than the AHL. I mean seriously the AHL is a combo of players who…

    A) Are Prospects who can't crack their temas lineup and are too old for likes of OHL,WHL, etc.
    B) Players who are being buried to rid of cap hits.
    C) Dime a dozen grinders.
    From a competitive stand point the KHL offers more of an edge to play against. But then again people don't like when you think about the well being of your development.
  3. alpalstewart says:

    i agree but the ahl offers the north american game. does the KHL use nhl size rinks? or are they the olympic sized rink?

  4. alpalstewart says:

    oh 1 more point is you cant be recalled from the KHL.

  5. MystifoLeafs says:

    True. But I think Filatov is expecting to not be recalled. 

  6. JoelLeafs says:

    What was that first point? Something about prospects?

    Strange how I would associate being a young prospect trying to crack the NHL with playing in the AHL.
    The whole point was that if he really wanted to stick around the NHL he would rather play in the AHL over the KHL. 
    No transfer agreement. 

Leave a Reply