Milstein's comment, in the hockey world, translates as, "My client isn't resigning with this team." Considering the Jackets' inconsistent play and that the Metro, this year, resembles a roller coaster, solid arguments can be made for both keeping and trading Bread. Personally, I think Jarmo should think long term. Even should the Jackets make the playoffs, with the teams which seem most likely to be a first round opponent, getting out of the first round will be problematic, at best. So, Jarmo (along with JD and Torts) have to ask themselves whether having a first round and out or getting assets which will help the team for years is the best use of Bread.
BTW, Bread has, now, earned my respect for stating his intentions, however diplomatically.
It will be interesting to watch for sure. On one hand - Jarmo has been reluctant to go big game hunting for deadline rentals, and chosen to play the long game and develop through the draft. But, to the contrary he held onto Jack Johnson for no reason at all last year when he probably could have fetched a second round pick.
My fear is that Jarmo will set an unrealistic price for Panarin, especially given the glut of rentals available, rumors will swirl for the next month becoming a distraction, and Panarin ultimately winds up staying for a quick playoff exit. To me, you tell the room this guy does not want to be here so we are moving him to the highest bidder. We want players that believe in this group and want to be here. Same goes for Bob.
I have been an advocate, since free agency began, that, when a player says he wants out, you trade him ASAP.