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Artemi Panarin In Charge In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets were aware that they could lose Panarin as an unrestricted free agent in 2019. They made him comfortable, witnessed his on-ice magic and prepared to lock him up long term this summer.

Panarin demurred. He does not want to talk extension, not “at this time.” Rumor has it he would rather play in a large market, preferably near a beach — optimally in a place where there are no state taxes. Los Angeles, New York, Florida (Tampa Bay?) and Dallas have been floated as possibilities.

Panarin is within his rights to handle his pending free agency as he wishes. We can’t know exactly what he wants, but we must acknowledge he has all the leverage. Watch your knees.

There is a school of thought that says: If Panarin doesn’t want to be a Blue Jacket, then trade him, salvage what you can and get some Blue Jackets — and the sooner the better. The thing is, this isn’t Jeff Carter we’re talking about. Panarin is the most dynamic player the Jackets have ever had. He is not poison.


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Wants to be The Man?

Large Market near the beach?

Panarin to Detroit.

Posted by ThatGuy on 06/28/18 at 10:53 AM ET


I don’t see him in South Florida. Panthers just picked up Hoffman and have plenty of good young forwards. No way Tallon gives up what Columbus would want for him. Can’t see any team giving much for a player no matter how good if he looks like he wants to be a UFA.

Posted by Puckbubba on 06/28/18 at 11:10 PM ET


Well, Jeff Carter might be poison - and making it clear you feel contempt for the organization that just acquired you and being unpleasant in order to force a quick move is pretty poisonous. But Carter’s been a pretty productive, winning player, too.

If Panarin wants a bigger market and a beach…well, that’s not too different from what Carter supposedly wanted. And unlike then, Columbus is actually a competitive team these days.
There’s a big difference between UFA and almost immediately demanding a trade. And no doubt, Panarin is a fantastic impact player and lots of fun to watch. But in the end, he is asking out, and the team has to trade him, with suitors knowing they do. Panarin might be a nicer guy - I’m sure he is. But it sort of boils down to the same thing.

Posted by Lefty30 on 06/28/18 at 11:16 PM ET

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