NHL Rumors: New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers

NHL Rumors: New York Islanders, Columbus Blue Jackets and the Florida Panthers

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Could the Florida Panthers make Jonathan Huberdeau available to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a Sergei Bobrvosky and Artemi Panarin deal?
Contract talks for Islanders pending UFAs

David Pagnotta: Contract talks between the New York Islanders and Anders Lee are ongoing. Brock Nelson extension talks have been very loose so far. Don’t know of any Jordan Eberle have taken place.

Panarin likely to be dealt?

Brian Hedger: Asked several sources how they thought the Artemi Panarin-Columbus Blue Jackets situation would play out and the general consensus was that they believe he will be traded before the deadline.

Could the Panthers make Huberdeau available to the Blue Jackets?

Frank Seravalli of TSN: So Artemi Panarin has switched agents to the same one as teammate and pending UFA Sergei Bobrovsky. The Florida Panthers are believed to have interest in both.

The Blue Jackets would obviously require a lot more than Derick Brassard and other contracts to make a deal work.

EnterĀ Jonathan Huberdeau to the TSN trade bait board at No. 20. He’s 25-years old at a $5.9 million cap hit for another four years and is almost at a point a game this year.

If Huberdeau is made available in a package, the Blue Jackets may have to allow the Panthers to speak with agent Paul Theofanous about contract extensions.

Panarin said last week in an interview that he wants to test free agency.

“It’s one life, one chance for free agent and I want to test ,” Panarin told reporters. “We’ll see what happens in the summer, but right now I don’t know what I want … it’s 10 per cent of my life, seven or eight years, you know? I want to stay happy every day and see more options.”

Greg Wyshynski: “Interesting report here from Frank, who as usually knows more than he’s letting on. If FLA trades Huberdeau and his $5.9M AAV, I think they do it knowing that the SB/AP two-fer is a done deal. They’re going to add north of $16M on just those two players. Gotta send some $ out.”