Brooks: Artemi Panarin takes a leave of absence from New York Rangers

Artemi Panarin is taking a leave of absence per Larry Brooks of the NY Post. According to Brooks’ reporting Panarin has been involved in a political hit piece after showing support to Vladimir Putin’s political opponent, Alexi Navalany.

This is stunning on many levels and the story has yet to develop.

UPDATE: NYR RELEASE STATEMENT

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