Latest Artemi Panarin trade rumors
The Athletic: Aaron Portzline reports Artemi Panarin informed the Columbus Blue Jackets prior to the recent 2018 NHL Draft regarding his reluctance to discuss a contract extension “at this time”. While his client “loves the team, he loves the coach” and has no issue over how they’re treating him, but he’s unsure if he wants to commit to eight seasons in Columbus. If it was a two-year deal, Panarin’s agent Dan Milstein said, it would’ve been done by now. “But it isn’t a two-year deal. It’s gonna have to be an extended, seven- or eight-year deal put in place.” Milstein also confirmed the Blue Jackets have been entertaining trade offers for Panarin, though there’s nothing imminent. He said Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has not asked if his client wants to speak with rival clubs nor is the Panarin camp asking to talk to other teams. Given his client’s current position, Milstein doesn’t fault the Jackets for considering trade options.
Blackhawks trying to trade Marian Hossa
THE ATHLETIC: Scott Powers believes the Chicago Blackhawks must find a taker for the contract of all-but-retired winger Marian Hossa. His $5.275-million annual salary-cap hit is preventing them from improving the roster. Recent attempts to send that contract to a club in need of reaching the $58.8-million salary-cap minimum were hampered by the Hawks’ unwillingness to include another asset in the deal. A league source believes it’ll take the inclusion of a top prospect to get it done. Powers thinks the Blackhawks will likely place Hossa on long-term injured reserve again to start the season, which would free up room to perhaps make a move near the Feb. 25 trade deadline to acquire a rental player if they’re in playoff contention. Such a move, however, will also mean giving up an asset.