Russians on the Move?

With the trade deadline looming and free-agency not too far off in the distance, Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky, both from the Columbus Blue Jackets, are the talk of the town. Both players are up for free agency coming up in the off-season, but it’s a wonder if they’re even going to be in Columbus that long. Tensions are raising and patience are running thin, let’s dive into what is going on with each player.

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Sergei Bobrovsky

Sergei Bobrovsky is a two-time Veznia winner and with good reason. During his 7 seasons with the Blue Jackets, Bobrovsky has a record of 195-120-27 and a Save Percentage of .921. Bobrovsky has been the cornerstone of the Blue Jackets organization for a while but now it’s pretty apparent that everything isn’t all sunshine and daisies. 

On January 10th, it was announced that Bobrovsky would not be playing with the Blue Jackets when they faced off against the Nashville Predators on January 11th. There was next to no information given on what had happened but it seemed like Bobrovsky did something that the Blue Jackets really didn’t like.

There has been no further word about what happened but it was just reported by Insider Trading that Bobrovsky is willing to waive his no-trade clause for the right price. Bobrovsky already has one foot out the door but now it’s just time to see where he’s going to go from here. There’s a long list of teams in the league that can use a veteran goaltender but its a toss-up of where he can sign: Colorado Avalanche, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, hell maybe even the Chicago Blackhawks


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Artemi Panarin

Artemi Panarin has been in the league for 4 years and he’s been lighting it up since Day 1. Panarin was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets following the 2016-2017 season from the Chicago Blackhawks.

In Panarin’s first season with the Blue Jackets, in 81 games he collected 82 points (G: 27 A: 55) and a rating of +23, setting a record for the Columbus Blue Jacket’s franchise. Now in the mist of his 2nd season with the Blue Jackets, Panarin has made it clear that he doesn’t plan on staying long. Panarin declined Columbus’ offer for a long-term contract. 

In an article by Scott Powers in The Athletic, Panarin said he would listen to the Chicago Blackhawks’ offers. At the All-Star Game, Patrick Kane made it abundantly clear that he wants to have his best bud Artemi back:

‘‘We had so much chemistry together. It was fun playing with him. Artemi’s a great kid, too, so we had a lot of fun off the ice, and I think it translated on the ice because we were having so much fun. Who knows what’s gonna happen to him next year, but it would be fun to play with him again.’’ (x)

The Blackhawks aren’t the only ones pulling for the superstar, of course. There’s been talk that the New York Rangers, San Jose Sharks, and Boston Bruins have been looking into Artemi but it’s more than likely going to have to wait until Free Agency Day on July 1st. 

(Personally as a Blackhawks fan, I’ll be counting down…)

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