The Blue Jackets will be keeping a close eye on Artemi Panarin early in training camp.
No, no...not to make sure he doesn't just up and leave.
Panarin suffered a neck strain during off-ice training, according to the team's PR department. He will be limited early in training camp (what that means exactly, we'll have to wait and see) and is listed as day-to-day.
#CBJ LW Artemi Panarin will be limited early in training camp due to a neck strain suffered during off-ice training prior to camp. Hes considered day-to-day.— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) September 14, 2018
On Thursday, Panarin addressed the media and discussed his situation, while offering no assurances that he's still strongly considering remaining in Columbus beyond this season. He did say, though, that once training camp begins, his focus is solely on hockey and helping the Blue Jackets win.
He may have to wait a short while to join his teammates at full speed, but the good news is it doesn't sound like anything serious or long term.
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