Artemi Panarin had a spectacular first season with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and it could potentially be his only season.
Hockey Night in Canada reporter Elliotte Friedman reports that Panarin has told the Jackets that he isn’t ready to commit to re-signing with the club after his deal expires after next season.
Panarin, who came to Columbus in a trade with the Blackhawks that involved Brandon Saad, led the team with 27 goals and 55 assists in 81 games.
There is word today that Artemi Panarin has told CLB that he is not ready to consider an extension “at this time.” (UFA July 2019.) As a result, the Blue Jackets are testing the market for him.
— Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) June 19, 2018
The Blue Jackets currently hold the 18th pick in this weekend’s NHL Draft, and also have to decide if they’ll re-sign free agents Ian Cole, Mark Letestu, Jack Johnson, and Thomas Vanek, as well as make new deals for restricted free agents Boone Jenner, Oliver Bjorkstrand, and Ryan Murray.