September 3, 2018 | 11:30AM ET
ISLANDERS HAVE STRONG INTEREST IN PANARIN
Artemi Panarin, forward
The New York Islanders are among the teams with significant interest in Columbus Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin, and with training camps less than two weeks away, the team might up its efforts to acquire him.
Panarin, 26, has one-year left on his contract and has made it fairly clear that he is not interested in signing an extension with the Blue Jackets, though he reportedly set a deadline of Sept. 13 to talk contract.
Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen was engaged in trade talks involving Panarin around the NHL Draft in late-June and in early-July, though those discussions have not yet bore fruit.
According to multiple sources close to the organization, the Islanders have Panarin high atop their wish list and have had talks with the Blue Jackets dating back to June.
Islanders GM Lou Lamoriello has been looking to acquire an impact player this off-season and with management back in the office, he’s expected to continue his attempts at exploring the market.
In addition to Panarin, the Islanders have also shown interest in Ottawa Senators star defenceman Erik Karlsson and winger Bobby Ryan, among others.
Blue Jackets head coach John Tortorella has expressed his disappointment in the news surrounding Panarin, but the team might not have any other choice but to move him if they feel certain he won’t sign an extension with them.
The New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers are among the teams also reportedly interested in Panarin.