NHL Rumor Wire – May 23rd, 2011

Columbus Blue Jackets‘ Nikita Filatov is gaining alot of interest from the KHL. He played with CSKA of the KHL in 2009-10 season.

From sport-express.ru (Translated by Google)

Striker ‘Columbus’ Nikita Filatov, who finished last season in the AHL as part of “Springfield”, interested not only in CSKA in the KHL, which owns the rights to the player. If the 21-year-old graduate of the Army of the club still dare to pursue a career in the homeland, its in our ranks want to see some top Russian clubs. One of them, most likely the SKA. St. Petersburg

Larry Brooks from the New York Post says the New York Rangers need to bring Brad Richards to New York.

From Larry Brooks (NY Post)

This is the time for the Rangers to get Richards to New York, to get him acquainted with the organization. This is the time for the club’s medical staff to conduct its due diligence. This is the time for conversations about the contract, when there is time for give-and-take and careful consideration as opposed to a few hours of sometimes panicky offers, counter-offers and ultimatums.

Maybe Richards will want no more than five years, a term that should be perfectly acceptable. Maybe Richards will be willing to play for $6 million or so if he sees taking that deal would allow the Rangers to retain maneuverability on the market. Let’s face it, coming off a five-year contract worth $39 million, Richards doesn’t have to suck down every nickel that will be thrown at him.

Tags: Brad Richards Columbus Blue Jackets New York Rangers Nikita Filatov

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