The Rangers have landed the prize of the NHL free agent market, with Artemi Panarin headed to New York, the team announced Monday.TSN first reported Panarin had zeroed in on the Rangers, adding that he apparently left some money on the table to do so. Now Rangers fans can look forward to a future that includes Panarin on one wing and Kaapo Kakko, the second overall pick in this year’s NHL Draft, on the other. The Islanders and Panthers reportedly were the other top suitors for Panarin. The 27-year-old winger had a career-high 87 points in 2018-19, including a career-best 59 assists. The 2016 Calder Trophy winner has averaged 29 goals and 41 assists over his four NHL seasons, the first two with Chicago and the last two in Columbus. The Russian previously starred for SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL. NHL trade news: Rangers send Jimmy Vesey to Sabres Though the Rangers haven’t disclosed the term of the contract, Sportsnet said the deal is $81.5 million over seven years, confirming a New York Post report of an average annual value of $11.6 million. The Blue Jackets reportedly made one last pitch to Panarin on Sunday in the form of an eight-year deal with an AAV of $12 million, which would have made him the second-highest-paid player in the NHL behind Connor McDavid ($12.5 million AAV), but the lure of Madison Square Garden was too strong. Related News NHL free agency 2019: Five narratives to watch on July 1
“I know Landon pretty well now and he gets itchy feet if he’s not around the game,” Yallop said. “And he wants to get back and see his buddies.” Forward Nate Jaqua also ran with the team after his U.S. team stint. Goalkeeper Joe Cannon and defender Chris Albright are still expected to make their preseason camp debuts Thursday, although now they might be feeling a little pressure from Donovan. “I’ll give ’em crap,” Donovan said, laughing, “but this was my choice. I was thinking about coming in (today), then I realized it was Valentine’s Day so I asked Frank if I could come in today and take tomorrow off, which is nice.” Cutting edge “It’s nice just to see some faces get back on the field, and see a lot of new faces,” said the 24-year-old Donovan, who clearly had the edge on his teammates in terms of conditioning. “I’ve played two games now to their none. I’m going to be ahead of them. It’s a good feeling for me, because you’re pretty much fully fit and you’re not tired from being the end of the year yet.” It wasn’t a surprise to coach Frank Yallop that his star made an early return. The Galaxy just began their second week of camp and don’t have to make roster moves until March 1, but Yallop said he’s already close to knowing his roster will shape up. “I’ve got a pretty good idea already what guys we’re definitely going to keep, ones we’re going to maybe slide into the developmental side of things, or even let go,” Yallop said. “We’ll figure that out in the next week or so. “I don’t want to keep guys hanging on when I kind of think I know now.” Schedule update The Galaxy will begin their preseason schedule in Bermuda with a Feb. 22 game against the New England Revolution. They will play again the next day against a Bermuda All-Star select team. The team also announced two other preseason matches – on March 10 against the Fresno Fuego of the PDL in Fresno and on March 18 against the Columbus Crew at Cougar Stadium in Santa Clarita. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! CARSON – He wasn’t due to arrive until Thursday, but Landon Donovan just couldn’t wait to get on the field with his Galaxy teammates Tuesday. Donovan, who had spent the previous five weeks with the U.S. national team, went through drills with the team in the morning and played in a game situation in the afternoon.