January 28, 2019 | 7:00pm ET
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PANARIN WON’T TALK CONTRACT UNTIL SEASON’S OVER

 
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Artemi Panarin, forward

 

Artemi Panarin and his agent have informed the Columbus Blue Jackets they won’t be partaking in any contract negotiations for the balance of the season and will revisit signing an extension with the club in the off-season.

Panarin’s agent, Dan Milstein, released a statement via Twitter confirming the news earlier today.

“We have informed the team that we are willing to discuss Artemi’s future after the season. Our priority now is to focus on the rest of the season, trying to win a Stanley Cup for the CBJ & their fans.”

Panarin, 27, is in the final-year of his contract, which comes with a $6 million salary cap hit, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if he remains unsigned.

It has been widely speculated that both Panarin and Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky, who is also a pending UFA, would test the market this summer, and today’s statement will fuel the fire that Panarin may not re-sign with the Jackets.

Panarin currently ranks No.1 on TFP’s Top 30 Trade Watch List.

He is due for a hefty raise, and could see his annual salary climb around or above the $10 million range.

In 46 games with the Blue Jackets so far this season, Panarin has registered 19 goals and 34 assists for 53 points.