Phone Yarko Kekalainen from Monday is burning like a Christmas tree.
The rest of the general managers of the NHL called Columbus since the announcement on Monday of agent Artemi Panarin Dan Milshtein, who seemed to almost guarantee the fate of his client with Blue Jackets.
"This is disappointing," Kekalainen told reporters on Tuesday. "But all we can do is do our best."
Currently, everyone agrees that Panarin is trading more than not.
This makes Panarin a new number 1 on the TSN Lure Trading Notice Board, with the result that Matt Duchesne and his uncertain future in Ottawa fell to No. 2.
Rarely such a talent as “The Bread Man” becomes available at any time in the hockey calendar. 27-year-old Panarin – one of the few wingers who play at night. He keeps up with 33 of the best goals in his career and 96 points, he was surprisingly consistent in four NHL seasons, and he is in the absolute prime of his career.
Unlike the supporting unrestricted free agent Sergey Bobrovsky, Panarin has no protection against trade and can be moved to any team.
Panarin is the TradeCentre gold chip that the playoff and recovery teams crave.
But Kekalainen faces the riddle of the general manager until February 25 deadline. He must weigh the value of the return of Panarin, who lost it wasted in the summer, and also trying to do without sharing his best player with the only NHL franchise that never won a playoff series.
Panarin finished 25 points farther away from the nearest Blue Jackets scorer last season. It is clear that Kekalainen needs some combination of current players from the list of players with futures for prospects and elections in the first round.
What Kekalainen can get for Panarin may depend on his interests or willingness to agree on a long-term extension with a potential plaintiff — and on whether Kekalainen gives him that opportunity.
Kekalainen specifically mentioned the staggering returns offered for the waiting UFA by Jack Johnson and Matt Culvert last year, so the Blue Jackets made them run.
A bet that Kekalainen will not have the same flexibility this time.
“We said that we would make difficult decisions if we must,” Kekalainen told reporters. “But our goal is to make our team better, to make it as competitive as possible, both this spring and in the future, obviously. If we have to make a difficult decision, we will. We love Artemi and would like to leave him. He has the right to go to a free agency, and if he decides to do it, we will knock on his door on July 1. ”
Here is the latest Trade Bait board from TSN Hockey, which always tries to combine player fame with his probability of trading:
|1. Artemi Panarin, CBJ||LM||27||47||nineteen||55||$ 6M||UVA|
|2. Matt Duchesne, OTT||WITH||28||41||20||47||$ 6M||UVA|
|3. Wayne Simmonds, PHI||Rw||thirty||50||15||23||$ 3.98M||UVA|
|4. Michael Ferland, CAR||LM||26||41||13||25||$ 1.75m||UVA|
|5. Mats Sukcarello, New York||Rw||31||35||eight||24||$ 4.5M||UVA|
|6. Dougie Hamilton, CAR||RD||25||50||eight||nineteen||$ 5.75M||2|
|7. Gustav Nyquist, DET||Rw||29||51||eleven||43||$ 4.75M||UVA|
|8. Cam Talbot, EDM||g||31||27||3.27||0.894||$ 4.17M||UVA|
|9. Derik Brassard, Yama||WITH||31||40||9||15||$ 5 million||UVA|
|10. Sergey Bobrovsky, CBJ||g||thirty||35||2.97||0.902||$ 7.43M||UVA|
|11. Jakub Sylverberg, ANA||Rw||28||42||12||nineteen||$ 3.75m||UVA|
|12. Jimmy Howard, DET||g||34||34||2.76||0.916||$ 5.3M||UVA|
|13. Charlie Coyle, MIN||WITH||26||50||9||26||$ 3.2M||one|
|14. Alec Martinez, LAC||RD||31||36||3||eleven||$ 4M||2|
|15. Kevin Hayes, New York||WITH||26||40||ten||33||$ 5.18M||UVA|
|16. Bryden Shann, STL||WITH||27||45||9||27||$ 5.13M||one|
|17. Colton Parayko, CTS||RD||25||49||eight||13||$ 5.5M||3|
|18. Jeff Carter, LAC||WITH||33||49||ten||25||$ 5.27M||3|
|19. Cody Sich, OTT||RD||24||46||five||15||$ 4.3M||RFA|
|20. Brett Peske, CAR||RD||23||41||3||eleven||$ 4.03M||five|
|21. Alex Edler, VAN||LD||32||36||five||20||$ 5 million||UVA|
|22. Andre Burakovsky, WSH||LM||23||44||6||12||$ 3M||RFA|
|23. Marcus Johansson, New Jersey||LM||28||37||7||17||$ 4.58M||UVA|
|24. Chris Crader, New York||LM||27||49||22||37||$ 4.63M||one|
|25. Mark Stone, OTT||Rw||26||50||22||50||$ 7.35M||UVA|
|26. Nick Byughstad, FLA||C / RW,||26||32||five||12||$ 4.1M||2|
|27. Justin Folk, CAR||RD||26||50||3||17||$ 4.83M||one|
|28. Alex Steen, STL||LM||34||35||6||15||$ 5.75M||2|
|29. Jay Bowvmester, STL||LD||35||45||2||ten||$ 5.4M||UVA|
|30. Kasperi Kapanen, TOR||Rw||22||49||15||thirty||$ 863K||RFA|
|31. Andreas Jonsson, TOR||LM||24||43||ten||22||$ 788K||RFA|
|32. Ryan Zingel, OTT||LM||26||48||20||38||$ 1.8M||UVA|
|33. Patrick Maroon, STL||LM||thirty||41||four||14||$ 1.75m||UVA|
|34. Jesse Puliuarvi, EDM||Rw||20||39||four||9||$ 925K||RFA|
|35. Adam McQuade, New York||RD||32||25||0||3||$ 2.75||UVA|
|36. Niklas Kronwall, DET||LD||38||48||2||14||$ 4.75M||UVA|
|37. Bogdan Kiselvich, FLA||LD||28||31||0||eight||$ 925K||UVA|
|38. Chris Tanev, VAN||RD||29||46||2||ten||$ 4.45M||one|
|39. Vlad Vicemen, NYR||LM||25||45||four||sixteen||$ 4M||one|
|40. Karl Hagelin, LAC||LM||thirty||29||2||6||$ 4M||UVA|
|41. Nathan Beaulieu, BUF||LD||26||26||3||7||$ 2.4M||RFA|
|42. Dale Weiss, PHI||Rw||thirty||42||five||eleven||$ 2.35M||one|
|43. Mikkel Bedker, OTT||LM||29||50||five||27||$ 4M||one|
|44. Sam Gagner, VAN||Rw||29||7||one||3||$ 3.15M||one|
|45. Jeff Skinner, BUF||LM||26||49||31||45||$ 5.73M||UVA|
No. 5: Maple Leafs First Tour – Toronto to Los Angeles January 28
No. 13: Chris Weidman – Ottawa to Edmonton November 22
No. 14: Tanner Pierson – From Los Angeles to Pittsburgh November 14
No. 17: Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles in Toronto January 28
No. 27: Alex Petrovich – Florida to Edmonton December 29
No. 27: Nino Niederreiter – from Minnesota to Carolina on January 17
No. 28: Brandon Manning – Chicago to Edmonton December 29
No. 35: Michael Del Zotto – Vancouver to Anaheim January 16
No. 35: Jamie Oleksiak – From Pittsburgh to Dallas on January 29
No. 36: Luke Schenn – Anaheim to Vancouver January 16
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