Filatov gets another chance

In what may be a last gasp attempt to become a full time National Hockey League player, Nikita Filatov has been recalled from the Ottawa Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton.

Filatov gets another chance
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Erik Johnson, left, and Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Lee Stempniak, right, vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game on Sunday, April 6, 2014, in Denver. The Penguins won 3-2 in a shootout. (AP Photo/Chris Schneider)

In what may be a last gasp attempt to become a full time National Hockey League player, Nikita Filatov has been recalled from the Ottawa Senators’ American Hockey League affiliate in Binghamton.

Stephane Da Costa, who has struggled with the Senators, switched places with him.

Filatov, who has scored seven goals and five assists with Binghamton, will be in the lineup for Sunday’s 5 p.m., game against the Carolina Hurricanes at Scotiabank Place. He will also accompany the team on its three game road trip to Winnipeg, Dallas and Washington.

Filatov had registered only one assist in six previous games with the Senators this season, looking uninspired for the most part, and was re-assigned to Binghamton. After speculation surfaced two weeks ago that Filatov would prefer to play in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League than remain in the American Hockey League, Senators general manager Bryan Murray said he would make a decision on Filatov’s future before Nov. 30.

Filatov has shown more life in recent games with Binghamton. At the same time, Da Costa has struggled more and more, gradually losing ice time. He has played only 16 minutes, combined, in the Senators previous two games.

 

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