Jarmo Kekalainen's phone is lit as a Christmas tree from Monday.
The rest of the NHL general managers were calling their group in Columbus from Monday's statement by Artemis Panarin's agent, Dan Millstein, who certainly guaranteed the fate of his client with Blue Jackets.
"It's disappointing," Kekalainen told reporters on Tuesday. "But all we can do is to do our best."
The consensus now is that with Panarin it is more likely that it will be traded than not.
That makes Panarin the new No. 1 on the TSN's merchant's jersey board, what happened to Matt Duchen and his uncertain future in Ottawa to No. 2.
Rarely, one talent as the Man of bread becomes available at any point in the hockey calendar. Panarine, 27, is one of the few wings that play the game on a night-time basis. He is at a speed for best career 33 goals and 96 points, he is superbly consistent in four NHL seasons, and he is in the absolute beginning of his career.
Unlike the colleagues pending unlimited free agent Sergey Bobrovski, Panarin has no trade protection and can be moved to any team.
Panarin is the golden TradeCentre chip that meets the playoffs and recovery teams.
But Kekalainen faces the manager's puzzle before the February 25 deadline. He must measure the value of Panarine's return by not losing it for nothing during the summer, and also tried to retire and sell his best player from the only NHL franchise that never won the playoff series .
Panarine scored 25 points since the last closing of the Blue Jackets last season. It is clear that Kekalainen needs a combination of current players with a future with a future in perspective and choices in the first round.
What Kekalainen can get for Panarine could depend on Panarin's interest or the willingness to negotiate long-term expansion with a potential candidate – and whether Kekaalinen would even give that opportunity.
Kekalainen specifically mentioned the huge returns offered by UFAs Jack Johnson and Matt Calvert last year, prompting the Blue Hooks to end and keep them running.
The curtain is Kekalainen will not have the same flexibility this time.
"We said we would all make tough decisions together if necessary," Kekalainen told reporters. "But our focus is to improve our team, as competitive as possible, for this spring, but also in the future, obviously. If we need to make a difficult decision, we will wish. We want Artemi and we would like to keep it. It's his right to go to a free agency, and if he decides to do so, we'll knock on his door July 1. "
Here is the last board of TSN Hockey, who always tries to merge the prominent importance of the player with his probability of being traded:
|1. Artemi Panarin, CBJ||LW||27||47||19||55||6 million dollars||UFA|
|2. Matt Duchene, OTT||C||28||41||20||47||6 million dollars||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||4.5 million dollars||UFA|
|6. Dougie Hamilton, CAR||RD||25||50||8||19||5.75 million dollars||2|
|7. Gustav Nikvist, DET||RW||29||51||11||43||$ 4.75M||UFA|
|8. Kam Talbot, EDM||Mr.||31||27||3.27||.894||$ 4.17M||UFA|
|9. Derrick Brassard, PIT||C||31||40||9||15||5 million dollars||UFA|
|10. Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ||Mr.||30||35||2.97||.902||$ 7.43M||UFA|
|11. Jakub Silverberg, ANA||RW||28||42||12||19||$ 3.75M||UFA|
|12. Jimmy Howard, DET||Mr.||34||34||2.76||.916||5.3 million dollars||UFA|
|13. Charlie Coyle, Min||C||26||50||9||26||$ 3.2M||1|
|14. Alec Martinez, LAC||RD||31||36||3||11||4 million dollars||2|
|15. Kevin Hayes, NYR||C||26||40||10||33||$ 5.18M||UFA|
|16. Brayden Schenn, STL||C||27||45||9||27||5.13 million dollars||1|
|17. Kolton Parajko, STL||RD||25||49||8||13||5.5 million dollars||3|
|18. Jeff Carter, LAK||C||33||49||10||25||$ 5.27M||3|
|19. Cody Ceci, OTT||RD||24||46||5||15||$ 4.3 million||RFA|
|20. Brett Pes, KAR||RD||23||41||3||11||$ 4.03M||5|
|21. Alex Edler, Van||LD||32||36||5||20||5 million dollars||UFA|
|22. André Burakovski, WSH||LW||23||44||6||12||3 million dollars||RFA|
|23. Markus Johansson, NJD||LW||28||37||7||17||$ 4.58M||UFA|
|24. Chris Craider, New York||LW||27||49||22||37||$ 4.63M||1|
|25. Mark Stone, OTT||RW||26||50||22||50||$ 7.35M||UFA|
|26. Nick Buchstad, FLU||C / RW||26||32||5||12||$ 4.1M||2|
|27. Justin Folk, CAR||RD||26||50||3||17||$ 4.83M||1|
|28. Alex Stin, STL||LW||34||35||6||15||5.75 million dollars||2|
|29. Jay Buumer, STL||LD||35||45||2||10||5.4 million dollars||UFA|
|30. Kasperi Kapanen, TOR||RW||22||49||15||30||$ 863K||RFA|
|31. Andreas Johnson, TOR||LW||24||43||10||22||$ 788K||RFA|
|32. Ryan Ginger, OTT||LW||26||48||20||38||1.8 million dollars||UFA|
|33. Patrick Marun, STL||LW||30||41||4||14||$ 1.75M||UFA|
|34. Jessie Puljuarvi, EDM||RW||20||39||4||9||925 $||RFA|
|35. Adam McQuaid, NYR||RD||32||25||0||3||$ 2.75M||UFA|
|36. Niklas Kronval, DET||LD||38||48||2||14||$ 4.75M||UFA|
|37. Bogdan Kiselvich, FLU||LD||28||31||0||8||925 $||UFA|
|38. Chris Tanev, VAN||RD||29||46||2||10||$ 4.45M||1|
|39. Vlad Namestnikov, New York||LW||25||45||4||16||4 million dollars||1|
|40. Carl Hagelin, LAK||LW||30||29||2||6||4 million dollars||UFA|
|41. Nathan Bollier, BUF||LD||26||26||3||7||$ 2.4M||RFA|
|42. Dale Weiss, PHI||RW||30||42||5||11||2.35M||1|
|43. Mikkel Boedker, OTT||LW||29||50||5||27||4 million dollars||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: The first round of Maple Leafs – Toronto in Los Angeles on January 28
No. 13: Chris Vidman – Ottawa to Edmonton on November 22
Number 14: Tanner Pearson – Los Angeles to Pittsburgh on November 14
Number 17: Jake Muzzin – Los Angeles to Toronto on January 28
Issue 27: Alex Petrovich – Florida to Edmonton on Dec. 29
Number 27: Nino Nideriter – Minnesota in Carolina on January 17
Number 28: Brandon Manning – Chicago to Edmonton on Dec. 29
Number 35: Michael Del Zoto – Vancouver in Anaheim on January 16
Number 35: Jamie Oleksiyak – Pittsburgh in Dallas on January 29
Number 36: Luke Shen – Anaheim to Vancouver on January 16
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