Filatov Set To Return…But Where?
Home, or Ottawa?
Sources have indicated that Filatov is currently in Ottawa, and DaCosta is the most likely Senator on his way back to the A.
But is it to have the GM cut his ties with the flashy forward, or to get his chance to earn an NHL roster spot?
One would have to think, if a player does return to the A (which is the belief), he is here to play, if not stay.
Can Filatov do what is hoped of him, and bring an NHL game, including both skill and effort, on a regular basis, or, as was said by Carver55, is he just a legend in his own mind?
I wish I had an answer for this, but it seems to me (easy for me to say from the comfort of my living room) that, in a rebuilding season, every effort has to be made to make sure Filatov isn’t an NHL’er.
DaCosta (who I see as a future NHL’er) had a loooong look in a top 6 position, when it was dead obvious that he was not ready for that role, shouldn’t Filatov have a chance to do the same?
If he fails, the GM can do whatever he so chooses, and there will be no lingering “what ifs” from a fan base with stars in their eyes, and dreams of finding a diamond in the rough (I guess you could include me in this, as much as I hate to accept it).
I want Filatov to succeed and, as a fan, why wouldn’t I? But I am more than willing to accept the decision of the team management, who has actually watched, spoken to and coached Filatov.
I’m clinging to hope…but isn’t that what we’re being sold right now?