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Panarin rumors lead the charge as UFA interview period opens

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Many people around hockey say that the NHL offseason officially begins at the draft. That’s when the wheeling and dealing really gets started, and even though day one of the draft was uneventful, day two brought plenty of excitment.

For Jeff Gorton and the Rangers, they’ve been in overdrive this offseason and got started way back on April 30th when they acquired top defense prospect, Adam Fox. And while everyone remained stalled at the starting line, they landed the biggest prize on defense, Jacob Trouba last week.

Obviously on draft weekend the NJ Devils made the biggest noise when they traded for superstar defenseman P.K. Subban and gave Nashville the cap relief they desperately needed. Same for Toronto when they were able to talk Patrick Marleau into waiving his no move clause to Carolina who also ate all his salary.

The offseason will now kick into high gear for everyone else since the window to interview UFA’s opened today and in three days you can speak to RFA’s as well. As far as the RFA’s are concerned, for all the hype and buzz out there. I don’t expect a single offer sheet.

When the Lightning were able to move J.T. Miller’s entire salary to Vancouver, that put the kibosh on any Brayden Point offer sheet. Same for the Jets and Laine when they traded Trouba. If there may be one susceptible team it could be Toronto, simply because they have so many RFA’s to sign and Marner wants max money.

On the UFA front, the big fish is Artemi Panarin and he will set the free agent market. Then the next domino to fall will be Matt Duchene and everyone else should fall into place. That includes Mats Zuccarello whom I still feel will circle back with Dallas and re-up there.

What we know is that Panarin and his agent, Paul Theofanous have a meeting scheduled this week with the Panthers and just breaking today, a call with Colorado.

The obvious question today from the Rangerverse is “when are the Rangers meeting with Panarin?” I reached out to the team and they would not comment, and normally it’s the player’s side that the insiders connect with so it isn’t surprising.

Thus far I haven’t had any success on either front, but I am sure someone will. Still speculation dating back to last season had both sides interested in one another and names like Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie, and Elliotte Friedman all reported that. So whether either sides responds or not, I fully expect them to meet in NYC this week.

Then there are signs to look for that would indicate the meeting was positive. If the Rangers try to clear cap space via trades and a Brendan Smith buyout, you know that come July 1st they are in the Panarin sweepstakes. Till then, we are all just waiting for some news to break.

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3 thoughts on “Panarin rumors lead the charge as UFA interview period opens

  • June 23, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    I personally like Panarin and what he would bring, but no thanks. I’d FAR rather have Matt Duchene. 60-70 point centerman who would bolster our C core SIGNIFICANTLY. He also won’t cost as much.

    In the event that we trade Vesey, Namestikov, and buyout either Staal or Smith, our lineup would look like this, as we wouldn’t have to get rid of Kreider.

    Kreider – Zibanejad – Kakko
    Kravtsov – Duchene – Buch
    Strome – Lias – Chytil
    Lemieux – Howden – Fast

    Far more balanced.

  • June 23, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    Whether Panarin is signed , or not , I expect Smith to be bought out & Namestnikov & Vesey to be traded, before the 2019 season begins , adding $ 8-9 million to their current $ 19 million cap space.

    The Rangers will use $7-8 million to sign Trouba and sign 2019 RFA Lemieux
    I expect other 2019 RFA’s Buchnevich and DeAngelo will be “on the bubble” , being leveraged and given a bridge (or show me ) deals .

    If Panarin is signed by the Rangers, the 2019 salary cap and Krieder’s tradability will determine whether the above bubble players will be signed.

    I still believe that Kreider will be kept til the 2020 trade deadline. I then expect he will be traded for a high first round draft Pick , similar to recent years trade strategy (Stepan, Nash, McDonagh , Grabner, Miller , Hayes & Zuccarello )

    If Panarin is not signed , I expect The Rangers to SIGN the above bubble players to bridge deals & KEEP Krieder til the 2020 trade deadline as stated above ) unless they can sign him to a team friendly deal- ( $$$ and term .which I think is very unlikely …. )

    Can’t wait for the season to begin … it’s going to be fun watching the continued” improvement “ of Zibanejad , Skjei, Strome , Lemieux ,Buchnevich? & DeAngelo? the “addition” of JACOB TROUBA ,, the “continued development” of Chytil , Andersson , Howden & Hajek , the new 2019 team additions Fox ( by trade ) Kakko ( #2 draft pick ) and Kravtsov, Shesterkin , Rykov ( 2019 ELC signings) and minor league and college development of the last three years draft picks .

    This rebuild has significantly improved the overall talent in the organization . Whether Panarin is signed or not , Now it’s time to focus & vastly improve the organizations players development capabilities .

    • June 23, 2019 at 11:15 pm

      thumbs up

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