Despite being seemingly out of the race for Artemi Panarin yesterday, the Rangers have inked their man. They have signed the elite winger to a monster deal. The seven year, $81.2 million deal comes with an $11.6 million cap hit (14% of the cap ceiling this year). The contract will take Panarin through his age-34 season.
Panarin, 27, has been a point per game player since signing with Chicago out of the KHL in 2015. Last season, he put up 28-59-87 in 79 games with Columbus. He’s the bonafide elite scorer that the Rangers have needed. He’s also the ceiling for guys like Kaapo Kakko and Vitali Kravtsov, something you hope the top-ten picks grow into.
With the deal, the Rangers have about $8 million in cap space left to ink RFAs Jacob Trouba, Brendan Lemieux, Pavel Buchnevich, and Tony DeAngelo. There is a need for cap space, so I doubt the Rangers are done. The Rangers have landed the biggest fish of the day, and the second biggest free agent in the salary cap era."Rangers get their Bread Man, ink Artemi Panarin to monster deal",