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The Artemi Panarin Saga: What Is Going On Now?

The past two or so days has been filled with Artemi Panarin news. There doesn’t need to be much explanation as to why, Panarin is a free-agent and a franchise player. He has played 294 career NHL games with 293 points, there are not many players who have a 0.99 point per game in their career. In his four years in the league he has produced 70+ points in every year and is on pace again for a 70+ point season this year.

Further more, Panarin has been in the news a lot lately due to the trade deadline coming up and how he switched his agent to the same agent as Sergei Bobrovsky. This news of switching agents is not ground breaking honestly because all signs are pointing to Panarin testing the free agency market come the off-season.

Panarin has been involved in many media interviews regarding his future in Columbus and he has made it clear in one recent interview that he really wants to test the market and see what he is worth and see what teams are willing to go after him.

This seems clear as day to me, he wants to test free agency and see what it is all about. Now taking that into consideration that does not mean the Blue Jackets will not trade Panarin though. With this news it means the Blue Jackets should consider trading Panarin even more now.

There has been a lot of news circulating around who will and should go after Panarin but not much is concrete. The only real recent truth we have surrounding a Panarin rental deal is Nashville Predators GM David Poile has been in talks about trading for Panarin.

Also not to mention the Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello has met with Panarin’s new agent in the past couple of weeks. All of this is speculations but I would not be surprised to see Panarin moved before the deadline in light of his recent desire to peruse free agency.

Teams that can land Panarin before the deadline: 

  • Nashville Predators
  • New York Islanders
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Boston Bruins

Teams that can land Panarin in free-agency

  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • New York Rangers
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Vegas Golden Knights
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NHL Trade Rumors: Panthers Interested In Blue Jackets Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky

This news has been circulating the hockey sphere for about two days or so now, it was mainly from smaller media sites but Larry Brooks has confirmed that this is in fact true and the Florida Panthers are talking to the Blue Jackets about goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

What could this deal look like? 

The Panthers are rumored to be interested in moving James Reimer and Derick Brassard, but it will take a little more than that. If the Panthers do move these two players they will probably add a 2nd-3rd round pick or a high-end prospect as well.

Also, the Panthers are interested in signing Bobrovsky to an extension, 8-years supposedly. With that, at 30-years-old Bobrovsky would be signed until he is thirty-eight. If they do sign Bobrovsky to a long term deal and get rid of Brassard and Reimer it does free up 7.4 million in cap space and they would probably pay Bobrovsky around 8-8.5 million a year.

Bobrovsky is 19-16-1 with a 3.01 goals against (GAA), .901 save percentage (SV %) and two shutouts. In his career his numbers are 237-145-37 with a 2.49 GAA, .918 SV % and 26 shutouts.

If this trade does occur and the Blue Jackets do trade Bobrovsky. This gives current back up goalie Joonas Korpisalo a look to be their number one for now and possibly the future. Korpisalo has a 9-4-2 record, 2.96 GAA, .901 SV % on the year.

What this also means is that the Blue Jackets do not need to worry about signing Bobrovsky, and they can throw all their chips and more at Artemi Panarin in the off-season. If this move does occur it allows the Blue Jackets to feel more confident in Panarin returning for next year.

Top Headlines To Keep Your Eye On As The NHL Trade Deadline Nears…

The All-Star break is over and the regular season is back underway tonight which means the trade deadline is nearing and more speculation about where July 2019 UFA (unrestricted free agents) will end up either before the trade deadline or in the off-season continues.. As of today we have exactly three weeks until the trade deadline so things will be getting pretty dicey over the next 2-3 weeks. For now these are my top story lines to be aware of heading into a pretty important month for teams.

1. Artemi Panarin or Sergei Bobrovsky? the Blue Jackets are at a very difficult road right now, they have two important UFA’s to tend to right now and both can make or break their future. The Blue Jackets seem more inclined to treat their top forward Panarin to a contract, his agent and the Blue Jackets have met now two times but we have not heard anything yet. Bobrovsky has been on the “hot seat” with the Blue Jackets since his stint a few weeks back when he got pulled and never returned to the bench. The Blue Jackets need to decide what they are going to do. They are a top-three Metropolitan division team, have eyes on the playoffs and if everything goes right they can make a run in the playoffs, but if they do that and hold onto both Panarin and Bob they will let the two walk for essentially nothing. I would see Bobrovsky moved at the trade deadline and Panarin re-sign.

2. Ottawa Senators cap situation: The Senators have a similar situation to the Blue Jackets except they have five important players to re-sign and cannot afford any of them. They have a projected 7.43 million in cap space right now. Matt Duchene, Mark Stone, Ryan Dzingel, Colin White and Cody Ceci are all due for contracts. Mark Stone will probably get around 7.5 million lets say therefore they hit their cap hit. Matt Duchene is going to cost around 8-8.5 million probably for 6-7 years, Colin White will cost 2.5-3 million at 4-5 years, Ryan Dzingel will cost 4-5 million at 4-5 years, Cody Ceci will cost 4-4.5 million at 4-5 years. Therefore with all these players contracts that is 27.5 million in cap space between these guys alone. When we add up that 27.5 million and the rest of their players right it comes to 58.93 million in cap, plus all the players on their entry level deals it is 65.63 million, not to mention in two years Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot are going to be due for a contract. This is a tough situation for the Senators, they have a 72 million cap hit and the cap is raising next year but the only way this does work out is if Duchene and Stone get those projected numbers and White/Dzingel/Ceci take those contracts as well.

3. Rangers on the rebuild still? The Rangers have been in the story line for rebuliding since last season but the newest players on the block for the Rangers are Mats Zuccarello, Kevin Hayes and Adam McQuaid, all these players are UFA’s in July and the way the Rangers are going it seems obvious they are going to want to trade them and build for the future. The Rangers have to worry about Anthony Deangelo and Neal Pionk as their main RFA’s this summer. Therefore if the Rangers are going to trade anyone it is going to be Hayes, Zuccarello for the sole reason of what they can receive in return form a contending playoff team.

4. Who are the top trade targets to keep an eye on right now? Wayne Simmonds, Jason Spezza, Andre Burakovksy, Michael Ferland, Brian Boyle, Derick Brassard. My prediciton for these players are Stars receive Burakovsky he can easily slide in their top-six and help them out. Simmonds continues to get targeted by Winnipeg, Nashville, Dallas, Ferland is a top contender in Pittsburgh.

NHL Rankings; Lightning top the league, Columbus climbing, Nashville downfall

The 1st ranking period of the year! This is pretty simple, the best teams up to this point. But remember when doing these rankings, last weeks games and the last ten are factored into where each team stands. The record next to the teams names are their record in their last ten games. Next ranking period will be done January 20th. 

  1. Tampa Bay Lightning (9-0-1) 

  2. Toronto Maple Leafs (6-2-2)

  3. Winnipeg Jets (8-2-0)

  4. Calgary Flames (6-3-1) 

  5. Washington Capitals (7-3-0) 

  6. Columbus Blue Jackets (6-3-1) 

  7. Nashville Predators (4-5-1) 

  8. San Jose Sharks (6-2-2) 

  9. Buffalo Sabres (4-4-2) 

  10. Boston Bruins (6-4-0) 

NEWS NEWS NEWS: Neal, Perron to not re-sign with Vegas, Nash wants back in Columbus, Tavares top suitors, Orpik bought out? Carlson gets PAID

Holy news, totally not a clickbaity title right? Anyways there has been a lot to transpire over the last 24 hours. Let’s get right into it.

Tavares top 5 teams 

John Tavares said he will be using this time to talk to other teams. Of those teams, he has narrowed it down to five teams that he could possibly sign with in the next week or so. Tavares has eliminated Montreal and Vegas. Honestly, thank god. I don’t think we would have been able to deal with Montreal fans throwing this in our face, or ruining Tavares career he does not deserve that and Vegas would have been contenders again, that would have been fun. As of now, Tavares has the Islanders, Maple Leafs, Sharks, Stars and Bruins as his top teams to sign with. I still think Tavares re-signs with the Islanders. He only used this period to see what other teams had to offer, and what teams would, in fact, offer him a deal. Well, now he has five teams and we all can sit here and make assumptions and articles like “Why Tavares will sign with ___ ” or “The best fit for Tavares is ____ “. You don’t know what his best fit is or where he is going please stop.

James Neal and David Perron out in Vegas?

James Neal and David Perron have not initially ruled out Vegas but they said they are intending to re-sign with the Golden Knights. Neal recorded 25 goals and 44 points in 71 games for the Golden Knights and 11 points in 20 playoff games, while Perron is coming off his best year in his career with 50 assists and 66 points in 70 games and 9 points in 15 playoff games. If the Golden Knights were to not resign the two they would be losing one of their top 3 forwards, a top 6 forward and a combined 104 points. Where the two will end up, we will hear more on. This does not mean they won’t return but like most free agents and middle-aged players, they are looking for the team that will offer them the highest contract offer as well as a team that they will be making a top 6 contribution too. Plus Vegas probably has yet to offer them contracts because they are waiting on these big free agents like Tavares and others to make a move so then they can move forward and make an offer. These two are not completely ruled out but it seems they may not be with Vegas again next season.

Rick Nash wants back in Columbus…

Rick Nash wants back in Columbus? The 34-year-old winger who has spent the majority of his career in Columbus and New York before being shipped to Boston at the trade deadline will not be returning to Boston and with that, he has looked elsewhere. During his 11 games with Boston he scored 6 points and during the 2017-18 season, he combined for 34 points in 71 games. In the playoffs he tallied 5 points in 12 games. Nash is coming off one of the worst years of his career and being a middle-aged winger in a game that is changing it may not be so easy to find himself a top-six role anymore.

Well, it seems as if Nash wants to make a return back to Columbus, I am assuming it is to play out his last few years with the team that drafted him and where he was the most successful in his career. Nash was drafted by Columbus in 2002 first round first overall. Spending 9 years in Columbus until he came over to the Rangers in 2012. Nash tallied 547 points in 647 games with Columbus scoring 289 goals and 258 assists, Nash was by far living his glory days in Columbus. Coming to New York and spending 6 years with the Blueshirts, Nash had one 60 plus point and 30 plus goal season in New York compared to his seven 30 plus goal years in Columbus. Nash recorded 252 points in 375 games (145 G, 107 A) in New York. During his career, he has tallied 805 points in 1060 games(437 G, 368 A).

The 34-year-old is eyeing retirement and clearly wants to go back to the team and city that he spent some of his best years in. Until further notice, right now Boston is out on Nash and Nash wants back in Columbus, not much has been said from Columbus end.

Orpik out in Colorado and John Carlson re-signed in Washington…

Brooks Orpik has been bought out by the Avalanche. After getting traded over to the Avalanche just a few days ago the 37-year-old defenseman has a wide open door of what he could do now. As many teams could use his veteran presence on the blue line. What this means for the Avalanche is that they will lose 2.5 mils in cap space this season and 1.1 mils in cap space next season. The Avalanche just opened the door for the Capitals to bring back their Stanley Cup-winning defenseman. As Washington finalized a deal with Carlson for 8-years worth an AAV of 8 million a year a cap hit of $64 million and $28 million coming in signing bonuses. The only piece the Capitals have lost so far is their head coach. Bringing back a veteran defenseman like Orpik could be huge for this team to get things back together in the locker room without the presence of Barry Trotz.

Phil Kessel likely to waive no-movement clause to play for Arizona, Artem Panarin out in Columbus?

This is relatively VERY new news, and shocking. Phil Kessel has said to likely waive his no-movement clause and a modified no-trade clause to play for Arizona. As odd as that seems, the reason behind it all is because Phil wants to play under former coach, and now assistant coach of Arizona, Rick Tocchet. Phil has had his fair share of friction and conflict with head coach Mike Sullivan, although it was said Phil was going to be traded than not traded, this is Phil saying he WOULD likely waive his no-movement clause if Pittsburgh were interested in trading him. This is not saying it will happen but if Pittsburgh were to move forward and part ways with Phil Kessel he is open to going to Arizona.

Phil Kessel the 12-year, 30-year-old veteran comes with a price though due to his 741 points in 941 games, 2-time Stanley Cup champ, 6-time 30 goal scorer, 7-time 60 point player and coming off his best year of his career tallying 92 points in 82 games with a career high 58 assists. Kessel will not be cheap and it seems as if the Coyotes are not willing to bite on Kessel. It is still early in the trade talk but right now the Coyotes have come out and said they are not biting just yet, persumably because the Penguins probably want their 1st round pick this year and with the Coyotes slotted 5th overall to get Bouchard, Hughes, Zadina, Doboson, or others they are not willing to move just yet. We will see this move more after the draf or on draft day I assume.

Panarin out in Columbus? 

The 26-year-old superstar winger is coming off his best year during his 3-year career thus far tallying 82 points in 81 games with a career high 55 assists. Panarin has yet to record under 74 points in his 3 years in the NHL. Well recently it came out that Panarin does not want to talk contract negotations with the Blue Jackets and will test the market. Panarin is entering the final year of his 6 million dollar contract and will become a UFA at the end of 2018-19 season. Therefore this will be a trade and sign deal for whatever team does end up getting Panarin if Columbus does not end up keeping the “breadman”. The intersting part is that Chicago came out a couple weeks ago and said they are willing to trade their 1st round pick for an NHL ready player. Could that mean a reunion of Kane and Panarin? Very unlikely as the Blackhawks have 4.75 mil in cap space at the moment and still have 5 contracts to be signed. This news is still very fresh and not much has come out yet but the Blue Jackets are probably livid that Panarin will not talk with them yet until Panarin gets to test the market. But what we are all not understanding is that Panarin is a free agent next seaosn, it seems as if he wants to see what other teams are willing to bite at him and what they would be willing to throw his way money wise. This could be mean that Panarin hears a few offers and realizes he is better off in Columbus, and could end up staying in Columbus and signing a long term deal in the upcoming season.

FREE NHL Picks: March 19, 2018

Columbus Blue Jackets(39-28-5) vs Boston Bruins(45-17-8)

The Blue Jackets come into this game as one of the hottest teams in the NHL, they are currently on a 7-game win streak, 8-2-0 in their last ten and two points behind the Flyers for the third spot in the Metropolitan division. The Blue Jackets since the deadline have shown how their forward depth is playing a major role, Cam Atkinson being back and healthy helps a ton and they’re certainly making a serious case for the playoffs now. But the Bruins themselves are 8-2-0 in their last ten, and coming off a shutout win over one of the best teams in the NHL. The Bruins are also home, where they play very solid hockey, the Blue Jackets last 7 wins, 4 of them have come at home and 3 on the road. The Blue Jackets are obviously coming into this game as the underdogs but with their recent play, the Bruins cannot overlook them. The Bruins indeed do have one of the best rosters and playing some of the most consistent hockey as of late but they still are welcoming a very tough Metro opponent. This is going to be a nail-biter for sure, I would not be surprised to see this be a low scoring game and possibly head to extra time. Tonight I am going to have to go with the Bruins ending the Blue Jackets streak at seven. Going Bruins.

Florida Panthers(35-27-7) vs Montreal Canadiens(26-34-12)

This is a huge game for the Panthers, as the Devils dropped their game Sunday night, they now sit 5 points behind the Devils with three games in hand. This is a MUST win for the Panthers, against a non-playoff team and a game that starts their week, a win starts the week out on the right foot for sure. The Panthers are 7-2-1 in their last ten coming off a bad loss to Edmonton, as Montreal is 3-5-2 in their last ten, on a 2-game skid, coming off a loss to Toronto. Good news I guess for Montreal is that Carey Price was seen at practice the other day. The Panthers have really proved their worth here late in the season, due to the play of Barkov and his career year, Trocheck, Dadonov, Yandle the list goes on. The Panthers have a very solid forward group, accompanied by a solid blueline. The play of veteran goaltender Roberto Luongo is going to be crucial here on out. A must win for Florida, going Panthers tonight.

Los Angeles Kings(39-27-8) vs Minnesota Wild(41-24-7)

This is going to be a GREAT game, the Kings are playing a little better hockey as of late but are coming off a bad shutout loss at home vs New Jersey. The Kings do come into this game on a two-day rest and really need to pick up a point or two. The Wild though at home are not going to be an easy test, the Wild are 6-4-0 in their last ten, on a 2-game win streak, coming off a win vs Arizona and Vegas. The Kings have Dallas, St. Louis and Calgary on their tail, competing with Colorado and Anaheim, the path to the playoffs is not going to be easy for L.A. and another reason why I see them falling off also, by the way. Minnesota is certainly the better team, they are without Jared Spurgeon, but their back end and the front end is still very solid, if Devan Dubynk plays well, stands strong I don’t see Minnesota dropping this. One way I see L.A. taking this game is by Jonathan Quick stealing it, which is possible but very difficult. The Kings and Wild have met one time prior to this during December in L.A. in which the Kings won. Going to Minnesota here where the Wild have lost just 6 games this year at, going Wild tonight.

Other games on tonight…

Predators vs Sabres: No need to write a full card here, the game means nothing, Buffalo is officially out and the Preds have clinched. Going Preds tonight. 

Flames vs Coyotes: This is going to be an interesting game although Arizona is out of it, the Flames are battling and struggling as of late, a must win for the Flames but the Coyotes have been playing great spoiler hockey lately. Going Flames though.