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Nikita Filatov: “I am determined to get back to the NHL”

Nikita Filatov: “I am determined to get back to the NHL”

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Nikita Filatov: "I am determined to get back to the NHL" (Photo © sportbox.ru) During an interview with popular Russian website Sovietskiy Sport Nikita Filatov, currently playing for CSKA and who recently got a call from Russian national team, talked about his future, about NHL players' participation to the Olympics and about the upcoming season. Nikita Filatov: "I am determined to return to the NHL next year. Surely the salaries are better in the KHL, but overseas the level of play is higher. I'll try to make the first team in the NHL. And I'll try getting on the roster for the World Championships too. I don't really think that NHL players won't come to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic Games. The best players in the world want to play there. And no one can force them out."
KHL » Nikita Filatov: “Returning to Russia was my idea”

KHL » Nikita Filatov: “Returning to Russia was my idea”

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Nikita Filatov: "Returning to Russia was my idea" (Photo © Associated Press) Nikita Filatov had an interview with eurosport.ru website in which he talked about his return, his opinion about his path towards the NHL and about his future. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation of the most interesting questions and answers. - How do you feel after the fly through ocean and within Russia? - Well, not bad. I’m adapting gradually. They say that the hardest thing is fly towards East. I landed from America and then at once even farer: Chelyabinsk, Ekaterinburg, Magnitogorsk. I was in Moscow for the last time on September 8th. - Was it hard getting to the games? - Nothing special. I knew all the guys and it helped me. When I met the team I wasn’t familiar only with a couple of guys. It was...
KHL » Nikita Filatov: “I might stay in KHL for one more year”

KHL » Nikita Filatov: “I might stay in KHL for one more year”

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Nikita Filatov: "I might stay in KHL for one more year" (Photo © khl.ru) Nikita Filatov, who was loaned to CSKA Moscow by the Columbus Blue Jackets, keeps on doing great in the KHL. He played 4 games so far and amassed 8 points, scoring 4 goals and giving 4 assists. Filatov also managed to set a new KHL record, scoring 3 game-winning goals in 3 matches in a row. RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation of his interview published by Sovetskiy Sport, which he gave after yesterday's game against Spartak. - One can see that now you are playing as if you had wings on your back. Is it because you don't have to focus so much on defence in CSKA as you had to in Columbus? - Yes, it is. But I wouldn't say that I spend all my time in the offensive zone, I don't forget about the defence too. T...
KHL » Barry Melrose: “Filatov came to the NHL too early”

KHL » Barry Melrose: “Filatov came to the NHL too early”

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Barry Melrose: "Filatov came to the NHL too early" (Photo © Doug Benc, Getty Images) In this translated interview with Telekanal Sport by Vladimir Italyantsev, Barry Melrose, former NHL head coach and now TSN analyst, talks about Filatov's career in the NHL, about the reasons of his return in Russia and tried shading a light over Nikita's future. - What do you think about Filatov's decision to return to Russia? - I think it's not a thoughtful act from his side. But what is even harder to understand is why Columbus signed this player at all. With Ken Hitchcock as coach it's very tough for finesse players like Filatov to make the team. - But what about Rick Nash, another finesse player? - Nash is bigger and he can hit. This is not what you can say about Filatov. To tell you more, Columbus i...
Nikita Filatov: I took the right decision

Nikita Filatov: I took the right decision

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Nikita Filatov: I took the right decision (Photo © Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images) “Yeah, he's simply great” - exclaimed CSKA's goalie Konstantin Barulin looking at how many journalists were trying to get an interview with the day's star Nikita Filatov. His return was a very good thing for CSKA and after the match he talked with allhockey.ru correspondent Olesya Usova. Are you happy about your return and about today? Yes, of course I am happy. The first thing I am happy for is my team's victory. And three points on your first match... Yeah, I picked up three. But I never get to a match planning how many points collect, if score or not...The first thing is that my team wins. Especially now that CSKA had a long losing streak it's a good thing that we interrupted it. We played an excellent ga...
KHL » Nikita Filatov records game-winning goal and 2 assists in KHL debut

KHL » Nikita Filatov records game-winning goal and 2 assists in KHL debut

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Nikita Filatov records game-winning goal and 2 assists in KHL debut (Photo © Getty Images) Nikita Filatov, who was loaned to CSKA by Columbus Blue Jackets, scored game-winning goal and added 2 assists to help his CSKA defeat Traktor 4-1 in his first game in the KHL. Filatov got team's second best time on ice among forwards - 16:40 (Denis Parshin was first with 18:27). CSKA's head coach Sergei Nemchinov noticed that Filatov is a bit out of condition but added that he would get accustomed soon and start playing even better.