Artemi Panarin was blindsided by the trade that sent him to the Columbus Blue Jackets. But three months later, he certainly doesn’t sound devastated by it. ‘‘This is business, baby,’’ he said — in English — with a broad smile after the Blackhawks’ 5-2 preseason victory Tuesday at Nationwide Arena. Panarin was loose and comfortable, occasionally chatting in English and frequently devolving into giggle fits with teammates Vitaly Abramov and Matiss Kivlenieks, who tried in vain to interpret for him. In fact, Panarin said he was ‘‘glad’’ to be with the Blue Jackets, where he’ll have more creative control on the ice. As dynamic as he and Patrick Kane were as linemates, Kane is basically a center playing wing, dominating the puck. With the Blue Jackets, Panarin can be that guy. ‘‘I can play a little bit more with the puck,’’ Panarin said through the interpreters. ‘‘Just kind of express myself on the ice a little bit more.’’ Panarin said he hasn’t talked with Kane since the trade, but Kane admitted his initial reaction was disappointment at having lost a linemate and a friend. ‘‘It was just fun to play with him every night,’’ said Kane, who had his two best seasons, including a 106-point season and a Hart Trophy in 2015-16, with Panarin on his line. ‘‘I’ll miss him, for sure.’’ Panarin unleashed several of his patented power-play one-timers Tuesday, but Hawks goalie Anton Forsberg — acquired in the Panarin trade to back up Corey Crawford — was up to the task, finishing with 38 saves. Cody Franson, Laurent Dauphin, Jan Rutta, Nick Schmaltz and Vinnie Hinostroza scored for the Hawks.
Panarin trying to ‘find chemistry’ with new teammates in Columbus
Chicago Sun-Times | Sep 20