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by Paul on 09/12/09 at 10:14 AM ET
from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Filatov arrived in Columbus on Wednesday night. Today, he will have his physical, the first official task of Blue Jackets training camp. He will be watched closely because he is 19 years old, arguably the most talented player in the team’s stable—and unafraid to speak his mind.
Last month, Filatov caused a stir on two sides of the globe when he told a Russian journalist that he has interest in the Continental Hockey League, or KHL. Filatov said he had been approached by multiple team owners ready to throw some major rubles at him. He said that if the Jackets send him to minor-league Syracuse, he would have to think hard about playing in Russia.
Yesterday, after Filatov finished an informal workout, I sat down with him in the visitors’ locker room in Nationwide Arena. He was candid and unapologetic.
“Why wouldn’t I say this?” he asked. “If I am sent down, of course I might start thinking about it. The KHL is a higher league than the (American Hockey League).”
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