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Filatov is coming to Columbus, but not without a fight from the Continental Hockey League

From Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch:

On Wednesday, Alexander Medvedev, president of Russia’s new Continental Hockey League, said he expects the Blue Jackets to compensate Filatov’s Russian club, CSKA Moscow, at least $500,000 in each season for Filatov’s rights. The Jackets and the NHL vehemently disagree with Medvedev’s stance.

“It is the league’s position that the Blue Jackets have no obligation to pay any fee whatsoever, regardless of where Mr. Filatov plays next year,” said Bill Daly, deputy commissioner of the NHL.

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I don’t think the Jackets will have to pay any compensation to the Continental League for bringing over Filatov. However, it is obvious that the league’s president, Alexander Medvedev, is going to make the process as difficult as possible.