Rangers won’t get in bidding war for Panarin

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  • Although Artemi Panarin is front and center on their radar, the New York Rangers will not engage in a bidding war for his services, sources told Larry Brooks of the New York Post.
  • While nothing is set in stone, the Rangers are unlikely to exceed an offer in the seven-year, $11.25-million range if another team goes higher, the sources indicated to Brooks.
  • Panarin met with New York’s management on Thursday, but the dynamic Russian winger is also reportedly being courted with lucrative offers from the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, and Colorado Avalanche, among others.
  • Artemi Panarin and his agent, Paul Theofanous likely met with the Rangers brass yesterday at Madison Square Garden.
  • This is a meeting that was in the making since early this past season and made definite the moment Panarin declared he would become a free agent.
  • Panarin will be looking for the max years (7), a no move clause, and at least $11M on his next contract. Right now the insiders have Florida, and both NY teams as three possible landing spots, with the Panthers as the favorite.
  • The odds on Panarin signing with the Rangers are at 50/50.
  • Those odds will improve if he doesn’t sign with the Panthers within an hour of free agency opening at 12PM on July 1st.

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