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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Filatov is part of IIHF inquiry

From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

It's unclear how much sway a suspension from international tournaments would hold with Filatov, an 18-year-old forward, but those close to him say it would not prevent him from playing in North America this season. If he doesn't make the Jackets' roster out of training camp, Filatov is expected to be sent to their minor-league affiliate in Syracuse, N.Y., or to a junior-league team.

Read the entire article here.

It appears that Filatov has followed the necessary legal steps to be able to play in the NHL next season. It would definitely be a surprise to me if Filatov wasn't playing in North America next season.

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