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Artemi Panarin Would Look Good Wearing A Boston Bruins Sweater

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

The Blue Jackets realize that they’ve lost Artemi Panarin, their star left winger who still has a year left on his deal. They know that the 26-year-old wants to be in a big city with a large, vibrant Russian population, which means he’ll most likely end up back in Chicago, or maybe LA or somewhere in the Ranger-Islander-Devil metro-NY area.

Panarin will be an unrestricted free agent next July 1, after only four seasons in the NHL, and he has full control of the narrative and the pay rate — the latter likely to land around the $9.5M per season the Bolts recently handed fellow Russian Nikita Kucherov on an eight-year deal.

Boston can’t match any of those cities on the Russians-per-square-inch scale, but the Hub is a world-class city with a perennial playoff contender, and the Bruins could accommodate his salary. He would be the dream answer to landing David Krejci an elite winger on the second line, leaving the Bruins with arguably the two top left wingers in the game.

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Boston is a leading city is some areas - but none so much as in the abrasive, presumptuous egocentrism of its residents.

“The Hub”. Cute when cities try to give nicknames to themselves.

It is not the large, vibrant metropolitan area this writer seems to see it as.
And it’s in many ways a literally and figuratively cold and insular place.

If Paranin wants to live in a large metropolitan area - especially one with a
large number of Russian expats - and beaches (hard to keep up with which
parts of this rumor have been debunked) I’m not sure why Boston would be high
on his list.

Posted by Lefty30 on 07/21/18 at 02:45 PM ET

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NYC, LA, and Chicago are the options for the most part. After that you could consider Florida and Boston but those are distant options.

Absolutely would not pay him Kucherov cash, but I guess $8M is likely.

Posted by mtta on 07/21/18 at 05:25 PM ET

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Nobody looks good wearing a Boston Bruins sweater.

Posted by Thag from DC on 07/22/18 at 08:45 AM ET

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Hub of the Universe Origin. Boston is often referred to as “The Hub,” which is short for “The Hub of the Solar System” and also “The Hub of the Universe.” The original “Hub” is actually a physical place: the Massachusetts State House. Oliver Wendell Holmes coined the phrase in 1858.

Posted by naricci on 07/22/18 at 06:13 PM ET

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Good stuff though…

Posted by naricci on 07/22/18 at 06:17 PM ET

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