NHL Rumor Mill – July 25, 2018

by | Jul 25, 2018 | Rumors | 42 comments

A look at some potential destinations for Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin in today’s NHL rumor mill.

THE HOCKEY NEWS: Jared Clinton recently listed the Florida Panthers, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, San Jose Sharks and St. Louis Blues as five possible destination for left wing Artemi Panarin, who is reportedly reluctant to re-sign a contract extension with the Columbus Blue Jackets. Panarin has told management he doesn’t want to talk contract after Sept. 13, when the Jackets open training camp. If an agreement on a new deal isn’t reached by then, the Jackets could be forced to explore the trade market.

Where could the Blue Jackets trade Artemi Panarin? (Photo via NHL Images)

Clinton believes the Panthers can afford to re-sign Panarin, who’s slated to become an unrestricted free agent next summer. He’d also be a good fit with a roster that also includes  Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Huberdeau and Vincent Trocheck.

While the Rangers are rebuilding, Clinton feels they can’t pass up an opportunity to land a scorer like Panarin, who could line up alongside center Mika Zibanejad or perhaps Vladislav Namestnikov. The Rangers can also afford to re-sign him.

Panarin might also be a good fit alongside young Islanders center Mathew Barzal and could replace the offense they lost when John Tavares signed with Toronto earlier this month. Like the Panthers and Rangers, they would have the cap room to re-sign him.

If the Jackets don’t want to send Panarin to a division or conference rival, the Sharks could be a good destination. They also have the cap space to retain him and have their core (apart from Joe Pavelski) signed for the next four seasons, though Clinton points out they already loaded up by acquiring and re-signing Evander Kane earlier this year.

While the Blues seem a long shot, Clinton points out that Panarin is good friends with Vladimir Tarasenko, who pushed for the Blues to sign his buddy before he came over to the NHL with the Chicago Blackhawks. That move, however, would require shuffling some salary to make it work.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’ll be interesting to see how Panarin’s situation shakes out. His agent claims the Jackets have already received some trade offers but none of them contain a good young player who can immediately help them.

Clinton noted the Panthers were on the winger’s once-reported list of preferred trade destinations but it’s uncertain if they’re still on it. Assuming they are, they certainly have the depth in young talent to entice the Jackets, though such a move will mean moving a salaried player to make room for Panarin’s $6-million cap hit for 2018-19. Cap Friendly indicates the Panthers have less than $3 million in projected cap space. Forward Nick Bjugstad was frequently mentioned as a trade candidate but GM Dale Tallon insists he’s not going anywhere.

The New York Post’s Larry Brooks believes the Rangers would be “all in” if Panarin hits the open market next summer. It stands to reason they could be very interested if the winger hits the trade block. With over $19 million in projected cap space, they can easily afford Panarin’s cap hit for ’18-’19 and for a new long-term contract extension. The Jackets could ask for winger Pavel Buchnevich packaged with picks and prospects. 

Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post believes Panarin should be at the top of Isles GM Lou Lamoriello’s wish list. Bringing him in would certainly help to offset the loss of Tavares’ offense and he could be a dream fit with young Barzal. They carry a projected $10.5 million for the upcoming season and over $32 million for 2019-20. Perhaps winger Anthony Beauvillier could be packaged as part of the return.

There’s speculation Panarin might prefer playing in a big market like Los Angeles, but the Kings and Anaheim Ducks lack the cap space to take on Panarin’s salary this season or to re-sign him. The Sharks aren’t in the LA-area but San Jose is definitely an attractive destination for NHL players. The Sharks were in the bidding for Tavares and there’s speculation they were also looking at Ottawa Senators defenseman Erik Karlsson. With over $4 million in projected cap space, the Sharks would have to shed salary to take on Panarin and retaining him long-term could make it difficult to re-sign Pavelski, who’s also a UFA next summer. Young winger Timo Meier might have to be part of the deal.

Despite Panarin’s friendship with Tarasenko it’s doubtful the Blues can land him. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Jeff Gordon believes Panarin’s made it clear he’s not interested in committing long-term to a Midwestern market. 

 








42 Comments

  1. I could see the blues going all in this season and going after Panarin. They have the assets to land him but like Lyle says it will take some shuffling to make it work.

    • He will be a one year rental with no assurances of signing long term in St. louis … st .louis and Columbus are alike … both are are the armpit of the Midwest …

      • Blues currently have $1M in cap space. What can they expect the Jackets to take back, just to fit Panarin’s current deal, nevermind an extension?

        Last I checked, there wasn’t a big Russian population in San Jose, and that is what Panarin is looking for

        I expect the Rangers (Zuccarello+) or Panthers (Hoffman+prospects+picks) to pick him up

    • Risky if there’s no guarantee he would resign with them.

      • They could work out a sign and trade with a potential suitor.

  2. The best fit for all involved is Panarin to the Islanders.

    NY market with less pressure for Panarin and the team has money laying around.

    Isles need a star to replace Tavares.

    Isles have the most young assets to offer the Jackets*.

    *It feels like a Torts move to push for Andrew Ladd to be in such a deal, though.

    • Islanders have the assets, and the need for Panarin’s services after JT leaving. NYC has a very good Russian community as well. He wants the big city life Ny can offer him and the dough

      • I agree bread man to the Isles would really lift spirits of Isles faithful.

    • How does NY have less pressure than Columbus, Ohio lol? No one wants Andrew Ladd on the absurd contract he has. I do agree though, he would be a great fit on the Islanders.

    • If Columbus’s demand was for Andrew Ladd in return the deal would be done in a second and the Islanders would have completely hosed Columbus lol.

  3. You can not lose him for nothing. He is not a trade deadline rental and does not want a long term deal in Columbus. Also will demand significant dollars on his next deal, anything else ? Lots of places to move him potentially . Jackets need a top 6 and some kind good prospect or two roster players and a draft pick maybe a first. Those players noted today straight up will not cut it

    • If he’s unwilling to sign long term in Colombus, then unless he is traded to a team he is willing to sign long term with, he will be a rental. Colombus will not get a great return… If a team like the Rangers feel they can get him next year, why would they give up a lot now? Seems like he has a short list. Any team not on that short list won’t be looking to give up the farm for one year of his services. Better off waiting for deadline, unless this becomes a distraction. Pretty sure given the choice, he would take Rangers over Isles.

  4. The Los Angeles Kings could trade for Panarin. From Los Angeles to Columbus goes Alec Martinez and Tyler Taffoli. Panarin ends up in La La Land.

    • I was just thinking that they had a proposed trade in place to get and resign Patches…

    • Colombus doesn’t need Martinez. Seriously can’t see L A being able to fit Panarin after next season with Doughtys extension kicking in

      • Any deal with a player of Panarin’s stature , in this case the LA kings , Villardi is involved or there is no deal .

    • A top 4 defenceman signed at $4M plus a top 6 forward for Panarin? Seems like an overpay to me

      • All this discussion about what Columbus will get for a signed Panarin vs. an unsigned Panarin misses the obvious. It is not a big issue. A deal just adds a condition that if Panarin eventually signs long term, Columbus’s return improves: a #2 pick becomes a #1, etc. It happens all the time. It’s really not that complex.

      • Not so simple LM, Columbus has said that they will make the trade for present help, not future picks.

  5. Any team trading for Panarin is going to insist on a sign and trade, or at least they should. Giving up a young roster player, a prospect and or picks is a high price to pay for what may be one year of play.
    It might help in the short term but in the long run if he fails to resign you’ve given up a lot of assets with nothing to show for it. That would be worse than being Tavaresed.

    • No chance of sign and trade. It virtually never happens, and for good reason. The usual procedure is a trade and sign. Often, the receiving team works out a deal prior to the trade and then signs him after the trade is made. If this what you meant, then you don’t know what sign and trade is. Alternatively, the trade has a condition that if they resign him before he becomes a UFA, they add to the trade.

  6. Panarin for Anders Lee, Josh Ho Sang, conditional pick

    • Isles missed playoffs WITH Tavares. Why would he want to sign long term to a team that gave up most goals and has also lost one of their better d men? He’ll wait until July 1st and join fellow Russians Buchnevich, Namestikov, Shesterkin and Kravtsov

      • Panarin’s requirement is a big city team, no where have I read that he wants to go to a contender, may be a nice to have but it’s not the stated requirement.

      • Rangers are a big city team. Isles base is Long Island. Suburbs. Days in Brooklyn are numbered.

      • I have no idea where Panarin will sign, nor do I really care. Club will trade Panarin at some point. If it drags past the summer they may as well use him & make a decision about what to do with him at the trade deadline. His value would only decline nominally if he’s unwilling to make his intentions known to anyone.

        As for NYI they will allow significantly less goals next season. Losing de Haan is unfortunate but he & Boychuk missed a ton of games de Haan the majority of the season. They won’t be playing a run & gun system this season & Komorov & Filppula will both help defensively at ES but especially on the PK.

        Lehner should steal the starters job immediately & post solid #’s. Trots system is a goalies dream. NYI will compete for a playoff spot for most of the season but start moving out pending UFA’s at the trade deadline if they can’t be extended.

      • I have no idea where Panarin will sign, nor do I really care. Club will trade Panarin at some point. If it drags past the summer they may as well use him & make a decision about what to do with him at the trade deadline. His value would only decline nominally if he’s unwilling to make his intentions known to anyone.
        As for NYI they will allow significantly less goals next season. Losing de Haan is unfortunate but he & Boychuk missed a ton of games de Haan the majority of the season. They won’t be playing a run & gun system this season & Komorov & Filppula will both help defensively at ES but especially on the PK.
        Lehner should steal the starters job immediately & post solid #’s. Trots system is a goalies dream. NYI will compete for a playoff spot for most of the season but start moving out pending UFA’s at the trade deadline if they can’t be extended.

      • My point was of being a “contender” has no barring, Rangers would probably have edge over Isles… big city plus fellow Russian teammates. Nobody seems to want to place rebuild tag on Isles, but they are far from being a contender. Trading away assets for Panarin won’t change that.

    • Lol can you imagine Ho-Sang and Torts together?

  7. If Panarins looking for a large Russian community why doesnt he play out the year then sign with the KHL? Plenty of Russians there and close to home.

    • I still think T.O. blows their brains out and goes for it this year , and i do think they will make a huge push for Panarin as a one year rental …. They have the prospects to give CBJ and it gives them 2 amazing forward lines for one season before everyone cashes in on pay day rfa or ufa

      • Who would the Leafs trade Nylander and a first?

  8. Never a peep about the Devils for Panarin. No reason a player could not live in Manhattan and drive the 14 miles to Devil’s rinks.
    Cap space-but outside of Hall/Hischier who would a team want….Miles Woods?
    Zacha has been a top 10 bust (at this point) compared to the other players in his draft year(Strome could still produce like he does in the ahl).

    • ds

      I was wondering the same. If it’s big city living and large Russian community he is seeking — anything in the Devils, Ranges, Isles hub suffices.

      Cap space aplenty with NJ—– ?????

      As a Pens/Leafs fan— Can’t see a move by Leafs; and definitely not Pens….. so…..would prefer he goes West

      BTW– Hamhuis signed 2 year with Nsh… 2 @ $1.25M— excellent deal for Nsh!!!

      • Honestly, if you’re talking the 3 teams in metro NY, most choose Rangers. You can’t compare living in Manhattan and playing at a sold out MSG, for an original 6 team, to Isles and Devils. I’m just not sure Rangers would trade for him.

  9. CBJ is in a pickle with Panarin.

    With GM’s being in better control with caps vs old spend happy days the big contract trades are most difficult. Lateral type big trades are rare eg Weber/Subban. The Drouin/Sergachev deal was hoping it was a C for D & those are rare as well. The Duchene/Turris fiasco for the Sens was about C’s not a winger. Hall for Larsson type deal is not what CBJ would seek. So i arrive at Panarin for a C or top prospect C ready now. Just don’t see it happening. Teams luv goal scoring but wingers are less in demand than top C & D.

    So in the end either Panarin walks or CBJ bites the green wienie a bit.

    • Won’t happen, teams can’t let their ufas walk at the end of the season like the leafs did with jvr and bozak! Unless you’re a sure fire contender which the leafs weren’t and clb isn’t you have to get assets for players like panarin

      • Ok so whats the return or who might trade for him? Won’t will happen til something changes.

        CBJ will be biting the green wienie. Its not going to end well.

        So far Patches & Skinner has seen no movement. There are reasons for this as in wingers are difficult deals when asking prices don’t make sense.

      • Agree Gordie, teams like the NYR and NYI aren’t contending for a cup this season with or without Panarin. Why not wait to see if he is available for free in a year. I think you’re right, will got to a contender as a 1 year “rental” or at the TDL as a true rental. Or CLB just keeps him for their own playoff push. Which I don’t think they will.
        No idea when he gets traded but CLB won’t get the best player in the deal unless it is a prospect that blossoms higher than he is projected to.

  10. Columbus won’t give Panarin away for zip they will want a bundle and there is only a few teams that have the prospects picks and players that can make it work.

    • The squeeze is on bet on it

  11. Trevor Linden resigns. Vancouver going the usual stupid on why or who is next.