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Filatov believes he’s clear to play in the NHL

From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

There have been reports in Russia that Filatov — and other Russian players taken in this year’s draft — have been threatened with a four-year suspension from representing Russia in international competition if they leave for the NHL.

But, writing on his blog this week, Filatov said he believes his path is clear to join the NHL.

“I have a book in the hands of (the labor department), all documents with the seal,” Filatov wrote. “What could be more questions? And how can I keep in Russia?

“The lawyers studied all the documents. There are no contentious issues.”

Read the entire article here.

Filatov is probably correct, as he gave his 30 days notice and shouldn’t have too many problems coming to Columbus. However, the continuous problems with Russian players coming to the NHL has underscored the importance of a workable transfer agreement between the two sides.