April 9, 2022; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) reacts after New York Rangers center Andrew Cope (18) scores a goal during the second period against the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Tom Horak-USA Today Sports
There are no rumors that Artemi Panarin was simply upset with Chris Drury’s performance in the playoffs.
In a Russian interview posted to Sports-Express’ YouTube channel, Panarin was specifically asked about that criticism and subsequent trade rumors.
“Speculators” Panari shot back. “I have never heard of such a thing myself.”
Artemi Panari scoffs at trade rumors
Panarin, 30, scored 16 points in 20 games last season. As the highest paid player on the team ($11.6M AAV), his stats may have been wanting but he was competitive.
After the game, it was announced that Panarin center Ryan Strome was dealing with a groin injury. This undoubtedly had an impact on Panarin, who relies on playing a high-speed east-west strategy with his linemates to open up the ice and create scoring opportunities.
Still, some wondered if Panarin himself was battling any physical issues. Aside from the wear and tear expected from playing 20 playoff games in 40 days, nothing has been reported except for rumors that Drury is unhappy with his superstar status.
Two league sources said Drury had 16 points in 20 games during the postseason, when Panarin had 16 points, but it wasn’t the consistent impact anyone around the Rangers expected or wanted. If there’s a crack, Panarin might ask, as if it’s impossible to move this massive contract.
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“I’m sure I can play better,” Panarin replied. “What did you write there? I really don’t know… I’m already used to not paying attention.”
Panarin expressed his dismay at the rumours, not to himself but to his grandfather who read the reports. This prompted Artemis to ask where she could shop.
“I am very shocked by this. Where do you trade me? They can’t trade me,” Panarin said. “If these people understand at least a little, they know my contract [has a no-move clause] And business is impossible.
Panarin in 2010. In 2019, he signed a 7-year contract with Rangers, which is completely inactive for the duration of the contract. He is entering the 4th year of his contract, which expires at the end of the 2024-25 season.
In three seasons with the Blueshirts, Panarin has 249 points in 186 regular season games.
Note: Translated by YouTube Transcript, Google Translate, with the help of Oleg Sosnov.
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