Highlights : Artemi Panarin's First Press Conference in Columbus with the Blue Jackets

By Sam Blazer on August 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm
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Speaking to the Columbus media for the first time since he was traded for Brandon Saad in late June, Artemi Panarin spoke candidly (and often times jokingly) about the move and what he expects with the Blue Jackets.

The following are some highlights from his introductory press conference with the local media today at Nationwide Arena. He spoke via his translator and agent, Dan Milstein.

Describing his personality:

"I am going to bring smiles, lots of good moments for the fans and lots of goals. I'll bring a productive game and a beautiful one as well, so fans will enjoy it."

On his reaction to the trade:

"I wasn't ready initially when I learned the news. The next day I realized that this team is a great opportunity to get better as a player. I want to work twice as hard and practice to get better."

On if he went fishing when the trade took place:

"Everything was great until I turned on my phone. And then the very next day I turned off my phone and it was better again."

On if he had discussions with Sergei Bobrovsky about #72:

"I brought boxing gloves and it will be decided later. There were no options with [Bobrovsky] having two Vezina trophies. No chance."

Asked if his production was in part due to Patrick Kane:

"I want to keep progressing, in no way should I need to prove myself. I am not going to think about it, I am going to play the best game without thinking. The more I think about it, the more pressure. Throughout my career, including Russia in my very last season, people always say I am playing because of somebody else. Nobody remembers how I played prior to the last couple of years. I am used to it and I am not paying attention to it. I get a little bit angry at it."

On if he has spoken to Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella yet:

"I spoke with the coach over the phone for a short period of time so we haven't agreed to anything yet."

On how he feels about the nickname "The Breadman":

"My grandpa is very happy that I have a nickname. But he doesn't call me that."


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