Why the Maple Leafs Should Go After “Straight-Jacketed” Nikita Filatov

November 17th, 2009 by Mike Taylor Leave a reply »

As someone who isn’t shy about making bold hockey moves, Brian Burke should be programming Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson’s phone number into his speed dial setting today.


Why now you ask?

Well, with the Jacket’s head coach Ken Hitchcock at odds with GM Howson on the playing time and development of blue-chip prospect Nikita Filatov–and news reports claiming Filatov could be headed back to Russia–Burke could have a shot (albeit a long one) at landing the supremely talented left-winger.


For anyone who has been paying attention, Hitchcock has basically nailed Filatov’s rear end to the bench (or the press box) for pretty much the entire year so far. 


On top of that, Filatov has ...

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