Around The NHL: Explaining Downie Decision, Filatov Flees Ottawa & More

December 14, 2011, by

Filatov To KHL, Again

To no surprise former 6th overall pick Nikita Filatov is heading back to Russia for the second time in his short career. The Senators announced on Monday that they have loaned the young forward to CSKA Moscow of the KHL.

Filatov was traded to Ottawa this past summer (for a 3rd round pick) from Columbus after showing no interest in playing in the AHL. According to scouting reports, he also had no interest in learning the defensive aspects of the game. It’s too bad; offensively he was once compared to a “cross between Ilya Kovalchuk and Maxim Afinogenov.

At just 21 years of age, I’m sure another hockey club desperate for offense will take a chance on him somewhere down the road. Until then though, he’ll do nothing to shed the “enigmatic” label that has been stamped on many Russian hockey players.

Terry Murray Fired

The LA Kings fired Terry Murray this week and is rumored to be replacing him with Darryl Sutter, the former GM of the Calgary Flames. Terry Murray was good defensive coach who helped turn the Kings around. I understand why they fired him, as the Kings were expected to do damage this year in the Western Conference. But replacing him with Sutter doesn’t make much sense to me.

If you’re team is looking to take the next step, why hire a guy who has not been able to get the Flamers passed the first round as a coach or GM since 2003-04?

Pointing Fingers At Downie Decision

Those who wanted to see Downie get suspended for leaving the bench to go after Artem Anisimov were generally referencing Rule 70.1 and Rule 70.6. The former states that no player may leave the player’s or penalty bench at any time during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation. Rule 70.6 calls for a game misconduct penalty to be assessed to the first or second player to leave the players’ bench or penalty bench during an altercation or for the purpose of starting an altercation.

What was missed in most opinion posts are the shades of grey (using that term way too much this week) around legal line changes. According to Rule 70.2, “a player who has entered the game on a legal line change or legally from the penalty bench (penalty time has expired) who starts an altercation maybe subject to discipline in accordance with Rule 28 – Supplementary Discipline.”

Okay, so what is Rule 28?

“In addition to the automatic fines and suspensions imposed under these rules, the Commissioner may, at his discretion, investigate any incident that occurs in connection with any Pre-season, Exhibition, League or Playoff game and may assess additional fines and/or suspensions for any offense committed during the course of a game or any aftermath thereof by a player, goalkeeper, Trainer, Manager, Coach or non-playing Club personnel or Club executive, whether or not such offense has been penalized by the Referee.”

Mad that Downie didn’t get suspended or that he just received a paltry $2,500 fine? Want to point fingers at someone? Read Rule 28 again, but this time focus on the word “Commissioner.”

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  1. Chris in MA says:

    I love you, Suit. Seriously.

    I spent a completely unnecessary amount of time arguing with people on TheNYRBlog the other night about why Downie only got fined and not suspended and I was made out to be some kind of idiot and was “wrong” because “no one on here agrees with you”

  2. bob says:

    Columbus has had a bad run of 1st round picks,glad to see it not only happens to the Rangers.But Filatov is definitely living up to the stereotype of Russian players.The kid has got some skill but I guess it will never work for him in the NHL game.Looks like he will have a career in Russia.I’m happy with Gordie tending to draft N.American-Canadian kids.

    • Jeff P says:

      Which Russian stereotype?
      Of Russians chosen in the top 10 over the last 10 years, you have washouts in Svitov, Chistov, Zherdev and Filatov vs super duper stars in Ovechkin, Malkin and Kovalchuk, and a potential star in Burmistrov.
      The success rate of 50% is excellent.

      • bob says:

        I was not talking about a stereotype on 1st rounders,just the Russian players in general.I really believe every individual is different but some people stereotype and some players tend to live up to it.Its a different game over here and sometimes they just can’t or won’t play this style.Some people say they are lazy,stubborn and refuse to play defense,etc.I personally feel that some players just can’t translate their game to the NHL.I believe you get a better sense of what may be if you draft kids that play NHL style hockey.But would I have drafted Ovechkin or Kovalchuk,of course I would.

  3. Spozo says:

    So who caught 24/7 tonight? Overall I would say excellent job by hbo. Of course I would have have loved to see them mention Staal having not played a game yet or the fact that Jagr was also a ranger but I understand that they can only give the Rangers a half hour of the episode. I really hope they show some highlights of the first rangers flyers meeting earlier this season.