By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins are ready to go and hover over Artemi Panarin, the Columbus Blue Jackets winger, as a rental option, according to Elliott Friedman of Sportsnet.
From the last column 31 thoughts of Friedman:
8 I think the teams that have the best chances to sign with Panarin in the long run are Florida, Los Angeles, Islanders and Rangers. The Islanders are the only one to make sense to take it for rental purposes. Boston is also a rental option. If the Islanders do not get their best choices, General Manager Lou Lamoriello might consider getting acquainted with an old acquaintance, Ilya Kovalchuk. Remember that the winger has control of his destination.
Panarin, 27, is simply fantastic since his NHL breakthrough in 2015 with 112 goals and 300 points in 299 games, making him the eighth most productive skater of the season in four years. Panarin has been particularly excellent for the Jackets this season, with a total of 67 points in 56 games, the team's highest score.
But Panarin may not be long-term in Boston, as many sources confirmed at 98.5 The Sports Hub that the Russian winger could consider moving to a larger market like New York or Los Angeles as an independent player. summer (something Friedman alluded to when he disabled the favorites for a summer transaction with Panarin).
That, of course, should limit the return of Jackets on Panarin. But this is the season of delays and the Blue Jackets are currently in position for the playoffs, which means that the asking price will be and should be exorbitant considering the talent of the players.
Ty Anderson is a writer and columnist for 985TheSportsHub.com. He is also a voting member of the Boston chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers & # 39; Association since 2013. The opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group or its affiliates. Shout at him on Twitter @_TyAnderson.