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11-07-2011, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by SensFactor View Post
Perhaps, but if he has a chance to walk and play with another team and not their affiliate, then that is definately the more attractive option. If he signs with Ottawa and then is slated back to the AHL next year, I don't see him taking Ottawa's qualifying offer. There are another 2 or 3 players that will be competing for a spot next year in the top 6: Zibenajad, Silverburg, and perhaps Stone/Hoffman as well or even a UFA signing this summer.
OK, I'm going to preface all this by saying we're strictly in "hypothetical" land, here.

Regardless of how Filatov does this year, next year, whenever... just because he doesn't sign his qualifying offer, it doesn't mean he's all of a sudden free to sign with another North American team. As long as we tender him a qualifying offer, he's ours until he's 27.

If he has a chance to play on another NHL team and not their affiliate, good for him. They can trade us something for him, in such an occasion.

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