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Which Teams are Planning for Panarin? Zuccarello, Lee, Nylander; Wed's Buzz

December 12, 2018, 11:55 AM ET [109 Comments]
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On Panarin...

I am still not 100% convinced the Jackets are moving Artemi Panarin....You need to realize what's at stake here. The Jackets have never had ANY playoff success...ever. And this year, despite the recent slump, the Jackets could prove a playoff force and this is a market that needs to win at least one series. Columbus isn't done trying to convince Panarin to stay, and winning is always a key to happiness...The Jackets may just try and win with him because you can be sure Panarin, about to be a UFA, will be out to prove a point in the playoffs...THAT may be worth something.

All that being said, there are teams out there who are very interested, even if it means a step backwards this year and a major trade...SO far I have heard rumblings of at least four teams who are putting plans into place should the Jackets decide they simply can't lose Panarin for nothing.....I had heard the most from my Rangers sources...until today when I was texted that Montreal is back in full court press mode...The Islanders and Canucks are also going to be involved...and even though they aren't yet, keep an eye on Boston and Florida...

On Zuccarello....

The Rangers are getting a ton of interest, but so far are not ready to return calls with any serious intent on Zuccarello...However, a new team, the Vegas Golden Knights, are starting to really ramp this one up...Zuccarello will be rumored all over the place as we approach the deadline.

On Anders Lee...

Lee's reps are talking to the Islanders and I am told that 100% this deal gets done...I hate EVER writing 100% connected to anything, but Lou Lamoriello is building around Lee and he considers him "everything he loves in a player and a captain." Lee is leading Lou's inner circle...more on that later.

He's back.....

No one was happier than I was to NOT be writing about Willy Nylander anymore...well that was short-lived as I have been told the Leafs will move Willy if the Kings do decide to consider offers on Drew Doughty...That would make a ton of sense in Toronto....'

More to come...

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