The phone, Jarmo Kekalainen, has been lit since Christmas as a Christmas tree.
The rest of the NHL's general managers have telephoned in Columbus since Monday's statement by Agent Artemi Panarin Dan Milstein, who seems to have all but assured the clients of Blue Jackets.
"It's a disappointment," Kekalainen said on Tuesday. "But all we can do is do the best."
The consensus now resides in the fact that Panarin is more likely to be traded than not.
This makes Panarin the new No. 1 on TSN Trade Bait, which hit Matt Duchene and his uncertain future in Ottawa to the second.
Rarely, talent like bread is available at any time of the ice hockey calendar. Panarin, 27, is one of the few players who play night games. He is at the pace for best career 33 goals and 96 points, he was remarkably consistent in the four NHL seasons, and he is in the absolute prime of his career.
Unlike a coworker who has no limited free agent Sergei Bobrovsky, Panarin has no trademark and can not be moved to any team.
Panarin is a TradeCentre gold chip that praises the playoffs and reconstruction teams.
But Kekalainen faces the final manager's quarrel before February 25th. He has to consider the value of Panarin's return when he is losing in the summer and trying to keep pace with his best player from a single NHL who has never won a playoff series.
Panarin finished 25 points off the closest most successful goalkeeper Blue Jackets. Obviously, Kekalainen needs some combination of existing players with futuristic prospect and first round selection.
What Kekalainen can get for Panarin may depend on Panarin's interest or willingness to negotiate a long-term extension with a potential suitor – and whether Kekalainen will even give him this opportunity.
Kekalainen has explicitly said that last year they offer incredible returns for unfinished UFA Jack Johnson and Matt Calvert, which is why Blue Jackets ended when he let them escape.
The bet is that Kekalainen will not have the same flexibility this time.
"We said that we will make hard decisions all the time if we have to," Kekalainen told reporters. "But our emphasis is on getting our team better, as competitive as possible, for this spring, but also for the future, of course, if we have to make a difficult decision, we will, we want Artemi and we want to keep it. the right to go to a free agency, and if it so chooses, we'll knock on the door on July 1st. "
Here is the latest table of the TSN Hockey Store, which always tries to combine player performance with its probability of being traded:
|1. Artemi Panarin, CBJ||LW||27||47||19||55||$ 6M||UFA|
|2. Matt Duchene, OTT||C||28||41||20||47||$ 6M||UFA|
|3. Wayne Simmonds, PHI||RW||30||50||15||23||$ 3.98M||UFA|
|4. Micheal Ferland, CAR||LW||26||41||13||25||$ 1.75M||UFA|
|5. Mats Zuccarello, NYR||RW||31||35||8||24||$ 4.5M||UFA|
|6. Dougie Hamilton, CAR||RD||25||50||8||19||$ 5.75M||2|
|7. Gustav Nyquist, DET||RW||29||51||11||43||$ 4.75M||UFA|
|8. Cam Talbot, EDM||G||31||27||3.27||.894||$ 4.17M||UFA|
|9. Derick Brassard, PIT||C||31||40||9||15||$ 5 million||UFA|
|10. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ||G||30||35||2.97||.902||$ 7.43 million||UFA|
|11. Jakub Silfverberg, ANA||RW||28||42||12||19||$ 3.75M||UFA|
|12. Jimmy Howard, DET||G||34||34||2.76||.916||$ 5.3M||UFA|
|13. Charlie Coyle, MIN||C||26||50||9||26||$ 3.2M||1|
|14. Alec Martinez, LAK||RD||31||36||3||11||$ 4 million||2|
|15. Kevin Hayes, NYR||C||26||40||10||33||$ 5.18 million||UFA|
|16. Brayden Schenn, STL||C||27||45||9||27||$ 5.13M||1|
|17. Colton Parayko, STL||RD||25||49||8||13||$ 5.5M||3|
|18. Jeff Carter, LAK||C||33||49||10||25||$ 5.27M||3|
|19. Cody Ceci, OTT||RD||24||46||5||15||$ 4.3M||RFA|
|20. Brett Pesce, CAR||RD||23||41||3||11||$ 4.03 million||5|
|21. Alex Edler, VAN||LD||32||36||5||20||$ 5 million||UFA|
|22. Andre Burakovsky, WSH||LW||23||44||6||12||$ 3M||RFA|
|23. Marcus Johansson, NJD||LW||28||37||7||17||$ 4.58 million||UFA|
|24. Chris Kreider, NYR||LW||27||49||22||37||$ 4.63 million||1|
|25. Mark Stone, OTT||RW||26||50||22||50||$ 7.35 million||UFA|
|26. Nick Bjugstad, FLA||C / RW||26||32||5||12||$ 4.1M||2|
|27. Justin Faulk, CAR||RD||26||50||3||17||$ 4.83 million||1|
|28. Alex Steen, STL||LW||34||35||6||15||$ 5.75M||2|
|29. Jay Bouwmeester, STL||LD||35||45||2||10||$ 5.4M||UFA|
|30. Kasperi Kapanen, TOR||RW||22||49||15||30||$ 863K||RFA|
|31. Andreas Johnsson, TOR||LW||24||43||10||22||$ 788K||RFA|
|32. Ryan Dzingel, OTT||LW||26||48||20||38||$ 1.8M||UFA|
|33. Patrick Maroon, STL||LW||30||41||4||14||$ 1.75M||UFA|
|34. Jesse Puljujarvi, EDM||RW||20||39||4||9||$ 925K||RFA|
|35. Adam McQuaid, NYR||RD||32||25||0||3||$ 2.75M||UFA|
|36. Niklas Kronwall, DET||LD||38||48||2||14||$ 4.75M||UFA|
|37. Bogdan Kiselvich, FLA||LD||28||31||0||8||$ 925K||UFA|
|38. Chris Tanev, VAN||RD||29||46||2||10||$ 4.45M||1|
|39. Vlad Namestnikov, NYR||LW||25||45||4||16||$ 4 million||1|
|40. Carl Hagelin, LAK||LW||30||29||2||6||$ 4 million||UFA|
|41. Nathan Beaulieu, BUF||LD||26||26||3||7||$ 2.4M||RFA|
|42. Dale Weise, PHI||RW||30||42||5||11||$ 2.35M||1|
|43. Mikkel Boedker, OTT||LW||29||50||5||27||$ 4 million||1|
|44. Sam Gagner, VAN||RW||29||7||1||3||$ 3.15M||1|
|45. Jeff Skinner, BUF||LW||26||49||31||45||$ 5.73M||UFA|
Number 5: Maple Leafs first round pick – Toronto to Los Angeles on 28 January
13: Chris Wideman – Ottawa to Edmonton on November 22
No. 14: Tanner Pearson – Los Angeles to Pittsburgh on November 14
17: Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles to Toronto on January 28
27: Alex Petrovic – Florida to Edmonton on 29 December
27: Nino Niederreiter – Minnesota to Carolina on January 17th
No. 28: Brandon Manning – Chicago to Edmonton on December 29th
No. 35: Michael Del Zotto – Vancouver to Anaheim on January 16
No 35: Jamie Oleksiak – Pittsburgh to Dallas on January 29
No 36: Luke Schenn – Anaheim to Vancouver on January 16th
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