Artemi Panarin
NHL trade rumors for June 25, 2022 feature a potential rift between Artemi Panarin and Chris Drury that could lead to a Panarin trade.

With the 2022 NHL Entry Draft approaching along with the free agent frenzy period, NHL trade rumors are ramping up and the latest rumor has the New York Rangers looking to trade Artemi Panarin.

Arthur Staple of The Athletic reports two league sources leaked some info to Staple stating that Rangers GM Chris Drury was unhappy with Panarin’s playoff performance. He was inconsistent and did not provide the impact that a player making $11.6 million should make.

Staple went on to say, if there is a rift between Panarin and Drury, Panarin could request a trade. Artemi did put up 16 points in 20 games played this past postseason.

New York is in a very tough situation with the Rangers salary cap. If Alexis Lafreniere has a breakout season in 2022-23 and he is coming off his entry-level contract, he could command a big raise next offseason.

K’Andre Miller is going to get a big raise in the summer of 2023 and if the Rangers do not find a way to shed salary over this summer and at the end of next season, New York will not be able to afford both Lafreniere and Miller.

Could the ‘rift’ be a ploy by Drury to gage interest from other teams for a Panarin trade?

One thing to keep in mind about a potential Panarin trade. He still has another four years left on his contract at a mega cap hit of $11.6 million and he has a full no-move clause, so he controls where he wants to go IF he wants to be traded.

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  1. It’s not the cap making problems for teams like the Rangers and Leafs. It’s massively overpaying players like Panarin and Marner. Gaudreau may join that club soon too.

  2. I’m a Panarin fan, but Chris Drury is correct. He didn’t play with his usual energy level and was pushed around by his opponents as if he was a little boy. There is something not right with him. Covid jab damaged? Anything is possible. Except for brief spurts, Panarin looked like a V8 running on only 4 cylinders. Obviously, he doesn’t, and never will, have the physical presence of a Kreider or a Trouba, but there is definitely something wrong with him.

  3. The NHL salary cap will ruin another great team. No way the Rangers will be able to retain their current roster after next season.


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