It’s no secret that Artemi Panarin refused to extend his contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets this summer. Word is that once he refused that the Blue Jackets were preparing to trade him. However, things aren’t that straight forward; Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has not allowed teams to discuss the option of a contract extension, which has severely impacted the ability to trade him. Essentially Kekalainen is playing a waiting game, standing pat and hoping he can make a deal with the winger. It might not be that simple as Panarin has set a deadline for his contract business for the start of the Blue Jackets training camp on September 13th.
After not having made a major splash in free agency, the Bruins are reportedly interested in The Bread Man. Matt Kalman lays out the complications is acquiring him including cap issues, movement of salary, and ramifications of those moves.
What most Bruins fans who have an opinion on this have had to accept is that a deal would have to involve either Torey Krug or David Backes plus a young roster or prospect going back. While David Backes is part of the leadership group, his salary going forward is steep for his output and the Blue Jackets might not want that deal. Torey Krug is more appealing for Columbus but does leave a hole in the Bruins defense and more notably their first power play unit.
So, what should the Bruins do? With Toronto getting better down the center and Tamopa Bay staying about the same remaining the power house of the Atlantic, Don Sweeney needs to make a move so that the Bruins don’t ice a team that’s one and done in the playoffs.
Have at it, B2B GMs!