Columbus Blue Jackets star forward Artemi Panarin fired his agent and talked about he’ll test free agency as an unrestricted free agent this offseason.
Panarin met with reporters in a unusual English-language media session Friday in Las Vegas. The Blue Jackets play the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.
Sources instructed the Columbus Dispatch and ESPN that Panarin switched brokers and decided in opposition to re-signing with the Blue Jackets sooner than the NHL commerce deadline on Feb. 25.
Panarin fired his agent Dan Milstein and altered him with Paul Theofanous, who represents teammate Sergei Bobrovsky.
“I have decided to hire Paul Theofanous as my agent,” Panarin talked about in a press launch. “He is very experienced and I’m confident he will serve my interests best going forward. I have no further comment on this at this time. If you have any questions please contact Paul directly.”
Panarin outlined his reasoning for testing free agency, nonetheless didn’t rule out a attainable return to Columbus.
“It’s one life, one chance for free agency and I want to test free agency,” Panarin talked about. “[They] have a chance [to sign me], but we’ll see what happens in the summer. I want to still [consider] this season and help the team win the Stanley Cup.”
Columbus acquired the 27-year-old forward from the Chicago Blackhawks in June 2017. He leads the crew with 20 targets and has 40 assists in 51 video video games this season.
The Nashville Predators, Boston Bruins and New York Islanders have been linked as attainable commerce companions with the Blue Jackets if the crew decides to switch Panarin sooner than the deadline.
A Columbus-based distillery tried to bribe Panarin in January, promising the youthful forward limitless vodka in a billboard advert if he remained with the franchise.