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Free agent Artemi Panarin bolts Blue Jackets for Rangers

A reported last-ditch effort by the Columbus Blue Jackets wasn’t enough to sway Artemi Panarin, who has left Ohio for the Big Apple in New York, signing a reported seven-year deal with the Rangers on Monday.

Consistent forward fresh off career-high 87-point season

Free agent Artemi Panarin followed up his most productive NHL season by signing a reported seven-year deal with the Rangers on Monday. He had 87 points in 79 regular-season games for the Blue Jackets. (Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

A reported last-ditch effort by the Columbus Blue Jackets wasn't enough to sway Artemi Panarin, who has decided to leave Ohio for the Big Apple in New York.

The Rangers signed the 27-year-old left-winger on the first day of NHL free agency Monday. The New York Post is reporting Panarin's deal is for seven years and $81.5 million US, or $11.642 per season.

The Blue Jackets were said to have made a last attempt on Sunday evening to sign Panarin, with The Athletic reporting an eight-year offer worth $96 million.

This past season, Panarin led all Blue Jackets in assists (59), points (87), game-winning goals (eight) and power-play points (18).

Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen went all-in at the NHL trade deadline, adding forwards Matt Duchene and Ryan Dzingel from Ottawa and opting to keep Panarin and another unrestricted free-agent goalie in Sergei Bobrovsky.

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