Artemi Panarin
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The idea that the organization is in the midst of a full rebuild shouldn’t stop the New York Rangers from kicking the tires on Artemi Panarin.

The New York Rangers’ season has gotten off to a rocky start.

One of the Blueshirts’ most glaring early struggles has been the team’s inability to produce offense. The simple reason for this is that the team is missing an elite offensive talent. Considering New York is in the midst of a rebuild, this is not an imminent issue, but as management tries to prepare for the future, it is essential that they find an elite offensive talent to build around.

Filip Chytil and Lias Andersson don’t look to be that type of offensive centerpiece, but Vitali Kravtsov has the potential to become one. Since these guys are all still so young and have little NHL experience, it’s extremely difficult to predict their futures.

Lucky for Jeff Gorton, there is a proven commodity on the market, which is a rarity in the NHL.

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ superstar winger, Artemi Panarin, is in the final year of his two-year deal with an AAV of six million dollars. Panarin is a bonafide superstar, and he has made it very clear that not only will he not be re-signing with Columbus this offseason, but that the Big Apple is one of his preferred locations.

Panarin was dealt to the Blue Jackets after spending his first two seasons in Chicago and is currently in his second season as a member of Columbus.

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