The Blue Jackets look like they’re loading up for a run, but they are still open to dealing their best player.
Columbus is listening to offers for winger Artemi Panarin, but they would have to be blown away to make a deal, according to The Athletic.
The Blue Jackets are not done. They’re still listening to offers for left winger Artemi Panarin, but still letting it be known that they need a mammoth offer — today help and futures — to make it happen. #CBJ
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) February 24, 2019
In separate trades Friday and Saturday, Columbus acquired a star in center Matt Duchene and another very good piece in Ryan Dzingel. Those additions make the team a serious threat to make a run in the playoffs, but the cloud of Panarin is hanging over the team.
The 27-year-old told reporters he wants to test free agency and many believe he will leave after the season because he wants to play in a bigger market.
Knowing this, Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has to operate under the fact he could get nothing back for the star.
That alone would be enough to get a man to be open to a deal. But if he were to receive a potential massive return for the winger, he may be more than open. He could make a deal. We’ll see if that happens though.