• Matt

    I feel like this Panarin thing is a big deal. Is this Panarin thing a big deal?

    • jordyhawk

      Just a thought, but I wonder if he was signed with the intention of having him compete for Sharp’s slot next year.

      • Matt

        I guess that’s kind of my question. If the team feels he can replace Sharp’s production, I consider this a big deal. If he’s just a body with potential but a lower likelihood to hit that potential, then I shouldn’t be as enthused. Right now I’m excited because we just signed a 23 year old winger who out-produced Kovalchuk this year for pennies, but I don’t know a ton about the player.

        • jordyhawk

          I see it as all part of the process. You have 50 contracts to work with and you sprinkle them around. After you sign them you’re lucky if you get the odd TVR, and more likely to end with mostly Leblancs. If you believe the stories, most of these guys are sought after (Baun, Kero, this guy all sound good for whatever that’s worth) so if nothing else, Stan is going out there and winning some battles.

          • Sopel the catfish

            Stan winning the board(room) battles.

  • Sopel the catfish

    Apparently there is a clause in his contract that will let him go back to the KHL if he is not on the Blackhawks roster
    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/khl-standout-artemi-panarin-to-sign-with-blackhawks-but-its-nhl-or-bust/