Nikita Filatov has fallen quite a bit in four months. After having started the season in Ottawa on Jason Spezza's line, he was benched and then sent to the AHL. After a few weeks of performing well in the AHL, he was called up to Ottawa again, and played sparingly for the most part. At this point he went back to Russia to play in the KHL.
It was meant to be a chance for Filatov to thrive in a familiar environment and make a push for next season. However, initially he had difficulties signing a contract and now he has been sent to the MHL (Russian league for players 17-21) after tallying only four points in 12 KHL games.
Whether that decision is financial or not, the fact he has only four points in 12 is worrying. The KHL is a step up from the AHL but is certainly below the NHL level. Having been one of those people who thought Filatov didn't get a fair shot from Paul MacLean, Filatov is not making it easy to defend him. If he can't even stick around at the top level in Russia, what hope does he have to make it in the NHL?
- Everyone but one predicts a loss in Boston tonight. Peter said 3-0 for Boston. (Senators Extra)
- Nick Foligno got bumped up to the second line, Bobby Butler up to the third line and Chris Neil was sent to the fourth line. 1) Greening-Spezza-Michalek, 2) Foligno-Turris-Alfredsson, 3) Condra-Smith-Butler, 4) Daugavins-Konopka-Neil. (Sylvain St-Laurent)
- Brian Lee will be a scratch tonight but he is close to returning from injury. (Ian Mendes)
- While Erik Karlsson didn't have that great game an all-star game, will all the media attention help propel him into at least a Norris nomination? (Ottawa Sun)
- Jack Edwards hears 'cha-ching' when thinking of Karlsson's upcoming contract negotiations. (Jack Edwards)
- Paul MacLean isn't concerned that Daniel Alfredsson might be tired from playing host all weekend. Also, Jesse Winchester is getting better. (Ottawa Sun)
- A bit old, but Kerry Fraser didn't think the referee was in the right position to be able to make a penalty shot call against Chris Phillips in Los Angeles last week. (TSN)
- Brian Kilrea is discouraged that Corey Locke never seems to get an NHL shot. How has he only got 9 NHL games? (CBC)
- Peter Regin had surgery and is likely done for the season. (The 6th Sens)
- Craig Anderson's heavy workload seems to be worrying many people. In addition, these guys are hilarious. Read them now! (Welcome To Your Karlsson Years)