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SportBlue Jackets' Artemi Panarin Fires Agent Before NHL Trade Deadline, Wants to 'Test Free Agency'

09:50  09 february  2019
09:50  09 february  2019 Source:   si.com

Panarin won’t discuss future with Blue Jackets until after season

Panarin won’t discuss future with Blue Jackets until after season It seems likely that he will be headed for unrestricted free agency after this season, leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets in a really tough spot.

The Chicago Blackhawks on Friday traded left wing Artemi Panarin , forward Tyler Motte and a sixth-round pick "He likes scoring goals, and I want to let him go. I don't want to get in his way. Panarin found out about the trade shortly before leaving on a fishing trip to a remote part of Russia, according

Artemi Panarin said he will become an unrestricted free agent July 1 "I want to test free agency ," he told the Blue Jackets website Friday, speaking publicly for the first time since notifying Columbus on Jan. Or they can trade one or both of them before the deadline for a return of players, prospects

Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin Fires Agent Before NHL Trade Deadline, Wants to 'Test Free Agency'© Jared Silber/NHLI via Getty Images

With the NHL trade deadline looming, Columbus's Artemi Panarin has switched agents, firing Dan Milstein and hiring Paul Theofanous as his new representation, Panarin told reporters Friday. Theofanous also represents Panarin's teammate, Sergei Bobrovsky, who will also become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

During his first-ever interview in English, the Russian-born winger told reporters that he will test free agency this summer.

The Blue Jackets leading scorer has been unwilling to negotiate a contract extension with the Blue Jackets. Panarin's previous agent, Milstein, had recently issued a statement saying that the star forward wouldn't discuss a new contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets until after the season.

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10 NHL trade deadline candidates With the NHL's trade deadline less than a month away, the trading season is officially here and we have already seen a couple of major moves. There will definitely be more — perhaps one or two that could significantly alter the 2018-19 season for several teams. Contenders are trying to find the final piece to their rosters, teams on the outside of the playoff picture are looking to get what they can for the future, and there is even one situation in which one of the league's best offensive players on one of its better teams could be a player on the move. It is going to be a fascinating four weeks around the NHL for trades.

With the NHL 's trade deadline less than a month away, the trading season is officially here and we have But Panarin informed the Blue Jackets in late January that he will only be willing to discuss his future That almost certainly means he is intending to test the open market. That means the Blue

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Panarin explained to reporters Friday why he has decided not to do so before the league's Feb. 25 trade deadline.

"It's one life, one chance for free agency, and I want to test free agency," Panarin said. "[They] have a chance [to sign me], but we'll see what happens in the summer. I want to still [consider] this season and help the team win the Stanley Cup."

The 27-year old added that he doesn't yet know where he wants to go after Columbus–but fans have already started trying to convince him to stay. A Columbus-based distillery offered Panarin free vodka for life if he extends his contract with the team and stays in Ohio.

“Seriously guys, I don’t have a team," he told reporters. "Not one team where I want to go. But I have many teams. We’ll see what happens in the summer, but right now I don’t know what I want."

Report: Several contenders have reached out to Blue Jackets about Panarin

Report: Several contenders have reached out to Blue Jackets about Panarin The Columbus Blue Jackets have begun fielding calls for star forward Artemi Panarin, TSN's Pierre LeBrun reported during Thursday's "Insider Trading" segment. "The Jackets only found out, of course, a few days ago that (Panarin) would not entertain negotiating an extension, but within those couple of days I'm told several contenders already have reached out to Columbus to find out what's going on, what the price might be, and get that conversation going," LeBrun said. On Monday, Panarin's agent Dan Milstein released a statement saying the left winger would not discuss his future with the Blue Jackets until after the season.

Panarin and Bobrovsky can each become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. Each also has been among the biggest names possibly available before the trade deadline . Panarin 's switch has many speculating that Bobrovsky and Panarin could be a package deal when free agency begins on July 1.

NHL rumors delivered scorching hot! Get the latest legitimate info for your favorite teams on NHL trades The Florida front office is hoping a late-season push can get them into the playoffs and wants to There are now just three weeks before the NHL trade deadline and Columbus still has time to

Panarin has 20 goals and 40 assists for 60 points through 51 games this season. In his fourth NHL season, and second in Columbus, Panarin was acquired from the Blackhawks in June 2017.

The Blue Jackets (30–20–3) will take on the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena.

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