Contract talks for Islanders pending UFAs
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?
The Blue Jackets would obviously require a lot more than Derick Brassard and other contracts to make a deal work.
Enter 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.”