Artemi Panarin will not sign with the Columbus Blue Jackets and will likely be traded at the deadline. Should the New York Islanders pursue?
In most cases, trading for someone on an expiring deal is a bad idea. But to every case, there’s an outlier and Artemi Panarin is just that for the New York Islanders this year.
Yesterday, we found out that Panarin will not be re-signing with the Columbus Blue Jackets and that a trade is likely. The Blue Jackets are smart for moving on from someone who has no intentions of staying.
Panarin, who just turned 27, is about to become a UFA but boy is he enticing to look at. He’s got 53 points (19 goals, 34 assists) in 46 games with Columbus. That’s a pace of 94 points and 34 goals over a full season.
Panarin has never finished a season with less than 74 points in a year. If he hits the open market he’s going to get a huge payday. Whichever team trades for him will likely have to give up a lot. Potentially including a first round pick, a big-time prospect, and at least one more piece to land Panarin.
While that’s a ton for a rental, the chance of him extending has to be pretty good. He said multiple times that he’d like to be in a big city like New York, and why not with the team in playoff contention?
Something like this should do the trick:
While giving up that much is a huge risk, the enticing aspect of a Panarin – Barzal – Bailey line is too much to handle, especially if you can then sign Panarin for eight-years $80 million. Is it likely? Probably not, but that doesn’t mean that the move wouldn’t immediately make this team a true contender.
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