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Filatov headed to Columbus early

Tuesday, 08.03.2010 / 10:10 AM / 2010 Offseason News

NHL.com

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.

For me, it's a great win for our hockey team and for a lot of people back in Columbus, especially our fans in particular … people who have been devoted to this organization, it's big.

— Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards on their win vs. the Penguins in Game 2, the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup Playoff victory