Tag: Artemi Panarin

Top-15 UFA Players This 2019 NHL Off-Season

This has to be one of the better UFA off-season’s upcoming. There are a ton of solid players along with a handful of superstar UFA’s this off-season. Just for clarification a UFA means unrestricted free-agent. Meaning that any team can offer them a contract where as a RFA is restricted and their current team gets first bid then if they decline their is a period where the player is available to any team.

1. Erik Karlsson: San Jose Sharks have a very difficult choice, let their captain Joe Pavelski go or re-sign Erik Karlsson… Karlsson is 28-years-old coming off a 6.5 million dollar cap hit, probably looking for 9.5-10.5 million.

2. Artemi Panarin: A BIG conversation surrounding this play-making star. Panarin is looking for around 9 million I’d assume and if the Blue Jackets do shed Sergei Bobrovsky, Panarin may return to Columbus.

3. Jeff Skinner: At only 5.75 million a year Skinner is producing like a 8.5+ million type player right now. Skinner has 29 goals and 42 points in 43 games this season. It will be a BIG topic for Buffalo on what to do with Skinner come the deadline/free agency.

4. Matt Duchene: The 27-year-old forward has been unbelievable this season. Due to his speed, goal-scoring, play-making ability, Duchene will be a highly sought after forward. He has 42 points in 37 games this season (18G, 24A).

5. Mark Stone: Another Senator, Stone is probably going to be making the same he is now just a long term deal. It seems likely he will stay with Ottawa though, depending on Duchene.

6. Joe Pavelski: The 33-year-old veteran forward seems like he is not aging with currently 25 goals and 38 points in 46 games. Pavelski will probably cost 7-7.5 million a year.

7. Sergei Bobrovsky: This is based on Panarin really but I think we see Bob walk from Columbus after this season or possibly soon. Either way whoever gets Bob will need to sign him to a 4-5 year deal for 7 million a year.

8. Jordan Eberle: Eberle did produce 59 points (25G, 34A) in 81 games last season and currently has 19 points (9G, 10A) in 38 games this season. Eberle will cost around 6 million per year, also looking for a long term deal.

9. Jacob Trouba: At 24-years-old, a righty defenseman, a proven top-four defenseman the Jets will have to re-address this situation one more time now. Trouba is on a 5.5 million dollar deal and will look for as much as he can get honestly.

10. William Karlsson: At 5.25 million the Vegas tested Karlsson to see if he could do what he did last year one more time and see if he was worth a big contract. Well, Karlsson has 15 goals and 15 assists in 47 games. He will probably end with around 28 goals this season which may reduce his contract amount but he will see a long term deal.

11. Semyon Varlamov: At 30-years-old this seems to be the age that makes or breaks goaltenders. A lot of teams could use a number one and the Avalanche have to sign a lot of players off their entry level contracts and Mikko Rantanen, what will happen with Varlamov is unknown.

12. Tyler Myers: A big right handed, top-four defenseman is very valuable in this league. The Jets have to choose between Myers or Trouba really.

13. Kevin Hayes: Likely a trade target for many teams this deadline and it is said the Rangers are looking to move him before the deadline but Hayes is making his case for 6 million a year at 5-6 years with 33 points in 39 games this season.

14. Gustav Nyquist: The Red Wings will most likely trade or let Nyquist walk this off-season but to a contending team Nyquist is a valuable experienced, play-making forward. He has 37 points in 45 games this season.

15. Brock Nelson & Anders Lee: Most likely both are going to stay with the Islanders but Nelson is a pure-goal scorer, plays a lot like the other person on this list, Anders Lee. Both of them have a knack for the front of the net. Nelson has 29 points in 42 games this season and Lee has 33 points in 42 games. Combined these two will cost the Islanders around 12.5 million a year.

 

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Who will Columbus trade/sign? Sergei Bobrovsky or Artem Panarin?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have two major questions to answer come the deadline as their two highest marked free agents will be for sale come July 1st, 2019. Which means the Blue Jackets can either find a trading partner now or run the possibility of having Bobrovsky and Panarin walk. If all is right and sane in this world, Jarmo Kekäläinen learned something from the Islanders situation. Which means that the Blue Jackets should probably either try to make a run at signing one of them and trade the other. Therefore this gives us two options.

Option 1: Trade Bobrovsky and go after a cheaper UFA, RFA goaltender in the summer. 

This is option one because of what happened the other night in Columbus with Bobrovsky. It seems Bob and management do not get along too well after his stint the other night in Tampa Bay resulting in a suspension from the Blue Jackets for Thursday nights game. We also have no idea what happened but are sure it was a violation of team rules. Plus, the Blue Jackets have Panarin who is 27-years-old, has a .98 points per game and is the Blue Jackets top two forward. Bobrovsky as good as he is, is probably not going to get better at 30-years-old. He has struggled to perform in the playoffs and this year has not looked all that great. He has 18 wins in 31 games started, a 2.87 goals against and .906 save percentage.  Also, Bobrovsky probably provides a solid return (not better if you were to trade Panarin) and there are a ton of teams who will take a #1 goaltender. Even if teams are going to be looking at a price tag of 7.5-8.5 million a year. Bobrovsky is already the third highest paid goalie in the NHL so I don’t see how he can go up from here.

Option 2: Trade Panarin, sign Bobrovsky.

This is also a likely possibility. The Russian forward has made some indication that he is not entirely sure if he wants to stay in Columbus. While he has also said that he loves Columbus and playing there. It is a tricky situation with Panarin sending a lot of mixed signals. If the Blue Jackets do end up trading Panarin they will receive a first round pick, a top-level prospect and more. Not to mention Bobrovsky will cost probably 8 million over 4 years, Panarin will cost 9.5 million or more over a long term deal. In hindsight, the Bobrovsky trade would not yield as much in return and looking at this realistically, the Blue Jackets were not MUCH worse when Panarin was not on their roster.

The Blue Jackets received Panarin in 2017-18, the three seasons leading up to Panarin the Blue Jackets had a combined record of 126-99-21. Despite not having a good year in 2015-16 the Blue Jackets went 42-35-5 in 2014-15 and 50-24-8 in 2016-17. Sure Panarin is a very good player and the Blue Jackets would be better off with him but we have learned in this league that a number one goaltender is more important than having multiple super stars on the roster. Look at the Blues, Flames (in recent years), Islanders (in recent years), Carolina, Florida, Dallas (before Bishop), Vancouver, the list goes on. Then take a look at the teams that have won Stanley Cups and why they did. Penguins (Murray and Fleury), Capitals (Holtby), Kings (Quick), Blackhawks (Crawford, Niemi), Red Wings (Hasek) and all the teams like Vegas last season who went on a big run cause of their goaltending or teams like the Flyers who lost in the Stanley Cup final cause lack of goaltending. Goaltending is important in this league, you may not be able to necessarily replace Panarin but other guys will need to step up and it’s a lot harder in this league to replace a goalie.

Option 3: They both walk and Columbus is screwed.

This is option three and probably not realistic. The Blue Jackets ownership is a lot smarter then this but I am just saying it as an option but because it can happen.

All in all, the Blue Jackets need to come to a settlement here with Bobrovsky, patch some things up and get back on each others good side. Panarin provides a greater return then Bobrovsky. But as of now we have some weeks until we find out what happens. During the All-Star break we will know a lot more because the deadline will be nearing and Panarin is suppose to have a conversation with his agent regarding next season and what he wants to do.

My guess: Blue Jackets sign Bobrovsky to deal and trade Panarin at the deadline or he walks over the summer.

 

Artemi Panarin to sit down with agent and talk future with Blue Jackets come All-Star break

It is no surprise here that the Blue Jackets and Panarin are coming to an end in their contract. Panarin is on a 6 million dollar deal and becomes a UFA (unrestricted free agent) at the end of the 2018-2019 season. Panarin is leading the Blue Jackets with 6 goals and 20 assists on the year and seems to be enjoying his time right now in Columbus as they are 2nd in the Metropolitan division, one point behind Washington for the lead with a 14-8-2 record. 

Dan Milstein, Panarin’s agent said come the All-Star break January 20th- January 24th he will sit down with Panarin and discuss Panarin’s future with Columbus. 

Milstein also reported to the Columbus Dispatch that Panarin “is genuinely happy with the way things are going this season,” Milstein said. “We will talk business during his break (in January).”

Panarin is a 27-year-old super star right now, he has been in the league for 3.5 years, playing in 266 games recording 259 points (94G, 165A). It would be an absolute tragedy in Columbus if the Blue Jackets allow this kid to walk for nothing and do not end up trading him by the time his contract expires or re-sign him. There were reports that Panarin would be open to hearing offers from the Blackhawks but other than that tiny rumor, there has been no movement in terms of contract talks between Panarin and Columbus.