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Morning Line- Pierre LeBrun On Artemi Panarin

Well if that’s not bad enough because it shocked the organization in the summer, my understanding is that he doesn’t want to sign with anyone, period, during this season. In other words, if and when he gets traded, he will be traded as a rental which will greatly diminish the return for him, compared to if he would be gone in a trade like , who signed an extension with Vegas which gave the Montreal Canadiens a greater return. Sounds like instead it will be like  leaving Ottawa, which hurts your return if you’re Columbus. 

-Pierre LeBrun of TSN on the TSN Insiders.  More topics at TSN.

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It don’t know if acquiring a game-breaker like Panarin was simply
too compelling for the Jackets so that they failed to find out his intentions
in time. Or, he is wasn’t clear to them on his intentions in time.
Either way, it seems they had a most a very compressed window in which to
try and trade him before the season, if they had hoped to get a non-rental return.

It’s possible Panarin simply was already determined to go to UFA no matter what.

Then, Bobrovsky hints that the team knows exactly what his plans are - does
that mean he’s determined to go to UFA as well?

Both players were acquired in trades, shrewd moves for a franchise that had to trade up to get it’s only #1 overall pick (Rick Nash), has consistently dropped in the draft lottery, and has had to overpay to draw even middling UFA players to a newer, overlooked NHL city.

Unless Jarmo failed in his due diligence or needlessly alienated one or both players,
this looks like shabby treatment of a up and coming smaller market team and city
by both players - players who seemingly really only care about landing in one of a small handful of ideal destinations for the highest possible dollar.

What a dilemma for a team that finally acquired top-tier talent and has been on the upswing, finally offering their long-suffering fans a chance at least a real playoff run.
Either they keep these guys, hoping both will be motivated for their big paydays this Summer, to lead them deep into the playoffs. Or they lose two of the better players in the league for a bundle of middling players, picks, and prospects.

Posted by Lefty30 on 10/05/18 at 10:19 AM ET

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If that’s the case the Blue Jackets better move Panarin sooner rather than later. At least then the team getting him would know they get more than just a rental, they’ll get him for a few more months of regular season hockey too.

Either way it is a bad situation for Columbus and they’ll be working from a disadvantage. Best option is to find a team with some cap room that really needs to make the playoffs this season or has a lot of pressure to produce in the playoffs. Philly and Nashville both have the cap space for this season. Boston or Winnipeg are close enough that they could probably make room with a player going to Columbus. But what could the Blue Jackets really expect in return? They are likely to have to settle for picks and/or prospects.

Posted by evileye on 10/05/18 at 02:24 PM ET

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