The longer this drags out, the more these things will happen.
Apparently, rumors hit the internet earlier this week surrounding Artemi Panarin and his motivation for not wanting to sign an extension with the Blue Jackets.
First it was a report from Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman that outlined preferred destinations: New York, Los Angeles and Florida. Not those specific teams, per se, just those markets. That opens a list of possibilities. Milstein told Aaron Portzline that his client has no specific list, but as we covered yesterday, this could merely be a matter of semantics.
Then, there was talk that Panarin wanted a larger market so his girlfriend could resume her modeling career – which forced agent Dan Milstein to publicly comment via Twitter.
Rumors that Artemi Panarin is looking to move to a big city so girlfriend can have more modeling opportunities is absolutely not true. She hasnt modeled in over 3 years. No plans to resume.— Dan Milstein-Hockey (@HockeyAgent1) June 27, 2018
So, that settles that.
This matter is far from resolved, and it could well drag into next season – which would not be ideal for the Blue Jackets, who need some stability and consistency of just getting into the playoffs. Such a distraction wouldn't help either party, should the team hang on to Panarin for the final season of his deal.
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