A season after winning the Calder Trophy, the Chicago Blackhawks dealt Artemi Panarin to the Blue Jackets for Brandon Saad in a four player deal.
During his third season pro, Panarin was a point per game player with the Columbus Blue Jackets, tallying 27 goals and 55 assists in 81 games. But it appears the Russian forward could be on the move again.
Per Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:
There is word today that Artemi Panarin has told CLB that he is not ready to consider an extension “at this time.” (UFA July 2019.) As a result, the Blue Jackets are testing the market for him.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 19, 2018
Panarin, who is in the final year of a two-year, $12 million contract, will be an unrestricted free agent in July 2019 and will command, uh, a lot of bread, in his next deal. With no guarantees of a longterm commitment, the Blue Jackets will see what type of return they can get for the prized NHL talent. The NHL Draft, usually a hotbed for deals, will take place in Dallas on June 22-23.
The Breadman scored in overtime of Game One to initially give Columbus a 1-0 lead in their first-round matchup against the Capitals.
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