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RichNash61 08-25-2009 07:15 PM

Filatov approached by KHL teams!
 
Nikita Filatov: "I had calls from KHL teams this summer and during last season. They offered a lot more money than I am making in the NHL. If I end up in the farm or on the bench, it would be time to think about KHL. But I want to break into the NHL and play."

link:http://www.thekhl.net/

Thank you for staying!

Timeless Winter 08-25-2009 07:22 PM

This can't be good.

Jovavic 08-25-2009 07:29 PM

Who didn't see this coming?

Lsquared 08-25-2009 07:41 PM

In all honesty, I'd be surprised if the KHL wasn't calling Filatov, or every other Russian/European player in the NHL trying to get them to jump ship.

vecens24 08-25-2009 07:41 PM

I think that is code for: Barring some unforeseen circumstances where I'm treated like complete garbage, I'm staying over here becasue I want to play in the best league in the world.

Juneemoon 08-25-2009 07:48 PM

This whole interview is on Puck Daddy.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...urn=nhl,185044

Ih8theislanders 08-25-2009 07:57 PM

Really hope he stays, he's my favorite prospect at the moment.

plong123 08-25-2009 07:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Juneemoon (Post 20879440)
This whole interview is on Puck Daddy.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puc...urn=nhl,185044

Great article, a must read for Jacket fans. Thanks for the link.

hashmarks 08-25-2009 08:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timeless Winter (Post 20879096)
This can't be good.

This is somehow a surprise to some?

leesmith 08-25-2009 08:27 PM

Well, guess who just made the team?!? ;)

(as if the timing of this news is any coincidence at all - props to Nikki's agent)

Ludicrous Speed 08-25-2009 08:35 PM

He put on 17 pounds? Wow that's a pretty significant difference. 187 lbs is just about where he needs to be, 190 to be safe.

blasted_Sabre 08-25-2009 08:38 PM

Ouch, not good!

This shod make the Leafs fans who are still pissed we took Schenn over Filatov a little happier.

JF Omalycat 08-25-2009 08:38 PM

Been working out with Nikki Z? Bet he got an earfull. :)

Doug19 08-25-2009 08:48 PM

The quote you put in the first post is a little out of context, but this news is no surprise. He wants to be in the NHL though so I'm not worried at all.

Selanne08* 08-25-2009 08:53 PM

awesome.

good for the kid! im jealous

Robert 08-25-2009 09:17 PM

He wants to play in the NHL, but that doesn't mean KHL teams won't try to pry him away. In the end it's up to Filatov to decide his future but if I where a betting man I'd say he wants to become a star on a Stanley Cup winner.

I'm sure there are some fans who would love it if Hitchcock kicked him off the ice as he did to Zherdev but I doubt Filatov will ever do anything to warrant that.

Filatov will start the season as a Columbus Blue Jacket.

Robert 08-25-2009 09:31 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by vecens24 (Post 20879342)
I think that is code for: Barring some unforeseen circumstances where I'm treated like complete garbage, I'm staying over here becasue I want to play in the best league in the world.

This...

That about sums it up. He has the goods; he can even speak English if that's an issue with some people. There is no reason for him to fail in the NHL if handled correctly.

Timeless Winter 08-25-2009 09:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robert (Post 20880663)
if handled correctly.

Key words there, with Hitch as his coach, a man who hates small players, and Europeans, it will be interesting to see if he gets ice time. Hopefully he is allowed to create offense and not turned into a defensive specialist.
Let the kid play Hitch.

Doug19 08-25-2009 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Timeless Winter (Post 20880718)
Key words there, with Hitch as his coach, a man who hates small players, and Europeans, it will be interesting to see if he gets ice time. Hopefully he is allowed to create offense and not turned into a defensive specialist.
Let the kid play Hitch.

Dorsett is small, Huselieus is a European and small, Hejda is European, Brassard was small, Voracek is European, Vermette isn't huge, Kris Russel is small, Klesla is European, Tyutin is European, Peca is small. Guess he hates almost all of his ****ing team.

Robert 08-25-2009 09:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DougRiffle (Post 20880813)
Dorsett is small, Huselieus is a European and small, Hejda is European, Brassard was small, Voracek is European, Vermette isn't huge, Kris Russel is small, Klesla is European, Tyutin is European, Peca is small. Guess he hates almost all of his ****ing team.

:) Good point Doug, lets hope Filatov is not a smart ass lazy Russian....;)

Viqsi 08-25-2009 10:16 PM

Oh, please. Malkin's been approached by KHL teams. Ovechkin and Kovalchuk have likely been approached by KHL teams. Hell, Zherdev's been approached by KHL teams and still wants to play here in North America. Being approached means that the teams are interested, not that the player is interested.

Robert 08-25-2009 10:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Viqsi (Post 20881172)
Oh, please. Malkin's been approached by KHL teams. Ovechkin and Kovalchuk have likely been approached by KHL teams. Hell, Zherdev's been approached by KHL teams and still wants to play here in North America. Being approached means that the teams are interested, not that the player is interested.

Sometimes endless mountains of useless discourse can be made so simple, good post.

arn29 08-26-2009 05:42 AM

Tax free money is always hard to pass up. I really wish the IIHF would grow some balls about the KHL's poaching of players already under contract though.

Juneemoon 08-26-2009 06:02 AM

Message received.....

http://blog.dispatch.com/cbj/2009/08/nikita_talks.shtml

Double-Shift Lassť 08-26-2009 06:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Robert (Post 20881323)
Sometimes endless mountains of useless discourse...

We can't give up our best thing!

"Useless discourse? That's where I'm a viking!"


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