Panarin, agent will meet in January on future with Blue Jackets: report



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Artemi Panarin plans to meet with his agent in January to discuss his future with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

"Artemi and I are going to sit down and discuss business when he's ready," agent Dan Milstein told the Columbus Dispatch.

The 27-year-old striker is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed with the Chicago Blackhawks on December 28, 2016. He is allowed to sign a contract extension with Blue Jackets since July 1, but he said would not have contractual discussions during the season after the two sides failed to reach agreement before the training in September.

"He's genuinely happy with the way things are going this season," Milstein said. "Let's talk about business during the break (in January)."

Columbus will have its mandatory five-day break between January 20 and 24, followed by the 2019 NHL All-Star Game, January 25-26. The future of Panarin could involve trade before the NHL deadline of negotiation in 2019 (February 25 at 3pm ET).

Panarin leads the Blue Jackets with 26 points (six goals, 20 assists) this season.

"For now, there is no pressure from the club," Milstein said. "It's all about the team winning."

The Blue Jackets (14-8-2) are second in the Metropolitan Division and receive the Minnesota Wild on Thursday (19:00 ET, FS-O, FS-N, FS-WI and NHL.TV).

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