Nikita Filatov, who went back home to play for Red Army and continue his development at home, was named to Russia's preliminary roster for the 2010 world junior tournament and will almost certainly be a leading figure on the team, after scoring 10 points in first six KHL games. Just 19, Filatov played for Russia's bronze-medal team two years ago and scored nine points in seven games. Filatov still owes his NHL employers, the Columbus Blue Jackets, two years on his entry-level contract, when (or if) he chooses to return … The Anaheim Ducks are hoping that a change in scenery jumpstarts Kyle Chipchura's career. When the Rangers picked up Erik Christensen off waivers, it freed up the money and roster space to take a chance on Montreal's former first-rounder back in 2004 … Though he's back skating after missing two weeks with a back injury, the Ducks have not set a date for Joffrey Lupul's return to the line-up … That monster 19-game point-scoring streak came to an end for Corey Perry Thursday night, but not before rapping a shot off the post in a 3-1 loss to the Dallas Stars … Remember when the Ottawa Senators parted with a first-round draft choice to land a puck-moving defenceman in Chris Campoli from the Islanders last year? Campoli has been odd man out on the Senators recent West Coast road trip, with coach Cory Clouston opting to play rookie Erik Karlsson instead … Mike Comrie, so promising for the Oilers during the exhibition season, has missed seven games in a row now as a result of mononucleosis.
DON'T THINK TWICE, IT'S ALL RIGHT
Not just a favorite from the Bob Dylan catalogue, but a nice summation of the week that was for the Florida Panthers' Keith Ballard: Red-faced after inadvertently clubbing teammate Tomas Vokoun across the mask with his stick on Monday night, Ballard then ran over Colorado goaltender Craig Anderson in overtime of a game last Wednesday, prompting Avalanche defenceman Adam Foote to jump on him and pummel him with his fists.
While Ballard received a penalty for goaltender interference, Foote received a double roughing minor on the play. More significantly, Anderson had to leave the game with a neck injury, forcing back-up Peter Budaj to come in cold off the bench to finish the OT and then face the Panthers in the shootout. Florida eventually won on a goal by Stephen Weiss, who'd earlier scored a hat trick in the game.
Colorado had forced extra time by scoring twice in the final minute of regulation with the goalie on the bench for a sixth attacker. For Thursday's date with Pittsburgh, Colorado called up Tyler Weiman from Erie because Anderson couldn't go.
What Brendan Shanahan will bring to the mix as the NHL's new vice president of hockey and business development is a balanced voice, freshly removed from the playing arena, that can address some of the contentious issues floating around the game now - concussions, head shots, injuries of all sorts. Shanahan was both skilled (a 600-goal scorer) and tough (a 2,000-penalty minute man), the only player in history with a foot in both camps.
As such, Shanahan should bring a measured response to change - protecting the physical play that makes hockey so appealing, but acting as an advocate for players where protection is needed. Example: Last year, the NHLPA - of which he was a member - voted overwhelmingly to support a rule limiting contact to the head. The league rebuffed the overture. Maybe, with Shanahan in the hen house, it'll now get a second look.