Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman will not reveal his hand when it comes to negotiations on a contract extension for reigning Calder Trophy Artemi Panarin Jersey.
Panarin's agent, Tom Lynn, said last week that the parties were in discussions about a new deal for the winger, who will be a restricted free agent after this season. On Tuesday at the United Center, Bowman took a pass on commenting talks with Panarin camp.
"I do not think this is a productive thing to negotiate through the media," said Bowman. "Obviously, Artemi is a big part of our team. We are very happy for the season he had. We look forward to build on this.
"And then the negotiations will be what they are between his agent and myself. I respect Tom. He is a very knowledgeable guy and I know Artemi put a lot of faith in him. Tom and I will work to get something . "
A source told the rookie is looking for a six-year contract worth more than $ 6 million per season, a figure that could be problematic for the Hawks because they already have eight players with caps annual results of more than $ 4 million, including Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane Jersey for $ 10.5 million each.
Bowman had a similar situation to the rise standout Brandon Saad before last season, and when the sides could not accept an agreement winger was traded to the Blue Jackets.
However, Bowman expressed confidence that the Hawks would be an agreement with Panarin.
"You go into a negotiation expecting to get a deal done," said Bowman. "This is how I have been in the past and this is how I am now."
For its part, Panarin told the Toronto Hockey World Cup last week that he is "very happy" to play for the Hawks and let Lynn manage their status agreement.
If the Hawks had to sign Panarin before this season, Bowman will face "the labeling rule" in the NHL in the collective agreement actually provides a team can not commit money for the next season would exceed the ceiling the current season ($ 73 million).
Regarding the signing of the 24-year-old Panarin, who burst onto the scene in the NHL with 30 goals and 47 assists after coming over from Russia, Bowman said there no timetable.
"Every negotiation is different," said Bowman. "I would not put schedules or disability in one way or another. It will be done when it's done."
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