Nikita Filatov is officially set to play in Russia.
Yahoo!’s Dmitry Chesnokov tweets that Filatov has come to a contract agreement with CSKA of the KHL and will be in the lineup with the team on Thursday. Filatov is signed through the end of this season and is still property of the Ottawa Senators.
It was just yesterday when Filatov’s agent said that contract negotiations going poorly could’ve meant his client came back to North America to play for the Sens, but today’s change in plans fixes things right up. Whether or not we’ll see Filatov return next season is another thing entirely. Filatov’s contract with Ottawa runs out at the end of the year and he’ll become a restricted free agent.
Maybe Filatov will want to seek out Alexander Radulov in Russia and form a dynamic duo of frustrating talent spurning the NHL for home.
Video: Rangers shut out red-hot Sidney Crosby and the Penguins
The New York Rangers are likely too far behind the Washington Capitals to take any legitimate run at the Atlantic Division down the stretch.
But winners now of four straight, the Rangers have opened up a bit of a gap between them and other Eastern Conference teams in the playoff race. New York scored a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins, winners in six of their last seven games, on Wednesday.
“Now, ultimately what they’re hoping from a Wideman perspective and the Players’ Association is that commissioner Gary Bettman will rule and he will reduce the number of games suspended down from 20,” said Dreger during a segment on NBCSN.
“Is he going to reduce it by three games? Five games seems a bit of a stretch. And when might he do that? There’s no timeline on this.”
7 hours of back and forth legal speak…otherwise known as the Wideman appeal has concluded in NYC.
Matt Frattin was traded by the Leafs to Ottawa yesterday as part of the Dion Phaneuf blockbuster.
But for now, he’s staying in Toronto.
On Wednesday, Sens GM Bryan Murray announced that Frattin will remain with the Leafs’ AHL affiliate — the Toronto Marlies — on loan, but will be available for selection should Ottawa require his services down the road.
Frattin, 28, has spent all of this season with the Marlies, scoring nine goals and 22 points in 47 games. His last NHL appearance came during the ’14-15 campaign, with the Leafs.
Prior to that, the former North Dakota standout had spent time in Los Angeles and Columbus.