National Hockey League

Panarin agrees to terms with Rangers

Artemi Panarin agreed to terms with the New York Rangers on Monday.

Financial terms were not released.

The 27-year-old forward led the Columbus Blue Jackets with 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 79 regular-season games last season and had 11 points (five goals, six assists) in 10 Stanley Cup Playoff games to help them sweep the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning in the first round to win a playoff series for the first time.

Panarin was eligible to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jackets since July 1, 2018 but did not have contract discussions during the season after the sides failed to reach an agreement prior to training camp in September.

Undrafted, Panarin signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Chicago Blackhawks on April 29, 2015 and won the Calder Trophy voted as the NHL rookie of the year that season, when he had 77 points (30 goals, 47 assists) in 80 games.

He has 320 points (116 goals, 204 assists) in 322 NHL games and 26 points (nine goals, 17 assists) in 27 playoff games.

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