Nikita Filatov’s incredible shrinking career

BOSTON – Senators general manager Bryan Murray said he would give Nikita Filatov a qualifying offer this spring, which is the prudent thing to do since Filatov is only scheduled to be a restricted free agent and has some value to the team as trade bait.
But Murray has to wonder if Filatov is ever going to get it and begin to play hockey like it’s thought he can.
His stock continues to fall.
After failing to cut it with the Senators and securing a transfer to CSKA Moscow, it was thought that a fresh start in familiar surroundings might help him prosper.
Oops. That was wrong.
After initial difficulties signing a contract, Filatov had only four points in 12 games and has now been sent to the Minor Hockey League (MHL), the youth league for players 17-21.
It’s effectively the Russian equivalent of the AHL, though not as good.
Anyone watching this has to be thinking: Does Filatov even want to play professional hockey anymore?
It’s looking more and more like the Columbus Blue Jackets made the right decision when they closed the book on Filatov by dumping him on the Senators for a third-round pick.

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