Star forward Artemi Panarin wants to explore free agency this summer, leaving the Columbus Blue Jackets in a quandary.
Do they hang on to him and/or fellow pending unrestricted free agent Sergei Bobrovsky for a playoff run or do they trade one or both to get assets in return?
When Panarin didn’t suit up for Tuesday’s game at the Montreal Canadiens, speculation that a trade was coming soon spread through the hockey world.
Cue, coach John Tortorella, who explained, “He’s sick. He’s sick as a dog.”
But reporters pressed, noting that Panarin played Monday night, and began trying to figure out exactly when he got sick. That led the sometimes-blunt coach to provide way too much information to make his point and shut down the conversation.
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Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Artemi Panarin is the subject of trade rumors. (Photo11: Aaron Doster, USA TODAY Sports)
According to the Columbus Dispatch, he said, “I was told that he’s sick, not eating. He (expletive) his pants, he was puking, he was doing everything. So, enough.”
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Panarin is in…