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Alexander Medvedev on the Filatov situation

From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

Q: How much compensation do you believe the Blue Jackets owe CSKA Moscow for Filatov’s rights?

A: I am not in position to discuss compensation or any financial issues connected with this case. The only thing I can say is that to develop such a player costs a lot (of money). I guess it is the same case in most countries.

Q: You have stated that Filatov’s contract was terminated with CSKA Moscow. If so, why do the Blue Jackets owe compensation?

A: I have to update you on this situation. Filatov’s contract was signed with the CSKA club under the rules of the previous league. Last spring, all the contracts were reissued with KHL form. Once again, I have to tell you that I am not going into details on the question of financial compensation.

Read the entire interview here.

The Blue Jackets do not seem to be overly worried about Filatov’s ability to play in North America this season. However, the KHL obviously isn’t going to make Filatov’s move easy for him.