Where Will Artemi Panarin Settle Before The Start of the Season?
COLUMBUS – July 25, 2018
Despite becoming the best one-season sniper in the history of “Columbus Blue Jackets” with 82 points in regular season (27 goals and 55 assists) and 7 points (2 goals, 5 assists) in 6 play-off games, Artemi Panarin doesn’t seem to enjoy his time in the capital of Ohio.
It’s obvious that the most talented hockey player of the League feels he can do better than only playing in the first round of Stanley Cup, and so it came as no surprise when he decided not to negotiate on the terms of new contract with the club after his first season there.
Many specialists are considering Panarin's opportunities with other NHL teams.
“A plethora of teams would likely get into a bidding war for Panarin, — says Dan Rosen from NHL.com, — I'm looking at the New York Rangers (loaded with prospects and some NHL-level talent), Boston Bruins (good young players who could interest Columbus, including forwards Jake DeBrusk and Ryan Donato), Florida Panthers (quality prospects, including forwards Henrik Borgstrom and Owen Tippett), Vegas Golden Knights (provided they don't trade for Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson) and the Pittsburgh Penguins (with the caveat that they'd include Phil Kessel in the trade). The list surely could be increased, but it depends on Panarin and what interests him, because those are the teams Columbus will most likely be working with”.
The season will begin in about two months, so Panarin still has some time to think about his future, but there is no doubt his search is far from over.