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

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Jan 19, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) honors the NHLs first Black player Willie O'Ree with a commemorative helmet sticker prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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