According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Blue Jackets left winger Nikita Filatov has told the team he will arrive in Columbus Wednesday, six weeks ahead of teaining camp, to begin preparations for the coming season.
Earlier this summer, the Blue Jackets sent development coach Tyler Wright to Russian to monitor Filatov's workouts and hear his thoughts on returning to the NHL for the 2010-11 season.
It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.
— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness