Artemi Panarin Tells The Blue Jackets He Will Wait Until After the Season To Discuss His Future

By Rob Mixer on January 28, 2019 at 6:27 pm
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin will wait until after the season to discuss his future with the Blue Jackets.
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Well, this doesn't sound great.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Dan Milstein, agent for Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin, said he's informed the team his client wants to wait until after the season to discuss his future with the team.

Here's the tweet:

Panarin is scheduled to become an unrestricted agent on July 1, and this puts the Blue Jackets in a tough spot. Should they hold on to Panarin and pursue a deep playoff run, they risk losing a valuable asset for nothing should he choose to leave in free agency. If they trade him before the Feb. 25 deadline, they subtract a key cog in their team at a critical point of the year.

Now, the pressure and the microscope shifts to the Blue Jackets and GM Jarmo Kekalainen. Stay tuned to 1st Ohio Battery as this story develops.

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