Nikita Zaitsev’s agent has released a statement, claiming stories being circulated about his client following a video released by Zaitsev’s ex-wife are “not accurate.”
“The story that is being circulated online by the ex-wife of my client Nikita Zaitsev is not accurate,” Dan Milstein wrote in the statement released via Twitter. “Nikita’s children are safe and with his parents, at his parents’ home in Moscow, where they normally reside. Nikita’s ex-wife knows where the children are and that they are safe. Law enforcement considers this to be a private matter. We ask that you please respect the family’s privacy.”
In a video released on the Instagram account margo_ruby, Zaitsev’s ex-wife alleges her children were taken and that she does not know their whereabouts.
The video, which was posted to social media early Friday morning, has resulted in a flurry of speculation regarding what Zaitsev’s agent calls a “family matter.”
The Ottawa Senators have also released a statement about the situation.
“The Ottawa Senators will not comment on the private, family matters of our players. In this specific case, the only thing we can say now is that the player has spoken to Senators management and has advised us the children are safe in Russia. We have been in contact with the NHL regarding this matter and will work to ensure all proper measures are taken.”
The Senators’ next game is Saturday in Philadelphia.