Greg WyshynskiESPN

Panarin issued a statement Friday that read,”I have decided to engage Paul Theofanous as my own agent. He’s very experienced, and I am certain he will serve my interests best going forward.”

The Russian winger held a infrequent English Language media session with colleagues on Friday at Las Vegas, at which the Jackets Undertake the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday. He’d used that opportunity to explain why he has opted not to sign a new contract using Columbus before the Feb. 25 NHL trade deadline.

“It’s 1 life, 1 opportunity for free agency, and I Wish to check free agency,” he explained, according to the Columbus Dispatch.”

27, panarin, has 20 goals and 40 assists for 60 points in 51 games this season. Since 2015, he is seventh in the NHL in points . Columbus gained him from the Chicago Blackhawks at June 2017 with the expectation they might convince him to be always a franchise building block. Panarin said he plans to check the market prompting significant speculation that the winger could be moved by the Jackets .

The Boston Bruins, Nashville Predators along with Ny Islanders are among the potential suitors at the exchange deadline. It had been once reported that Panarin wants to play at a larger market compared to Columbus. He also purchased a flat in Miami past April, prompting speculation the Florida Panthers could possibly be on his radar.

In terms of the Blackhawks, Panarin was asked if he missed Chicago and didn’t respond for several moments, according to the Dispatch.

“I enjoy it at Columbus at this time. No thinking about Chicago,” he explained. “it is a fantastic team, and of course I miss friends. I am liked by friends. I understand that. [Patrick] Kane enjoys me. It’s a fantastic team”

Theofanous has been now Panarin’s third agent in only two years since he fired Tom Lynn for Milstein. Milstein issued a statement on Panarin’s behalf on Jan. 28 after trade speculation heated up, saying,”We’ve advised the team that we will willingly discuss Artemi’s long run after the season.”

Milstein was the agent to possess those discussions.