Hawks' Panarin gains new agent, loses $500 to Kane

 
 
Updated 1/5/2017 7:22 PM
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  • Associated PressThis Nov. 26, 2016 file photo shows Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin skating during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles. Panarin and the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms on a $12 million, two-year contract extension, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

    Associated PressThis Nov. 26, 2016 file photo shows Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin skating during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings in Los Angeles. Panarin and the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to terms on a $12 million, two-year contract extension, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016.

With the help of a translator, Artemi Panarin held court with a small group of reporters before Thursday's game against Buffalo at the United Center. Some highlights:

• Panarin has officially changed agents, going from Tom Lynn to Dan Milstein, who is originally from Ukraine. Panarin, who agreed to a two-year, $12 million extension on Dec. 28, said he made the change so he could better communicate with his representative. "As somebody who doesn't really speak English fluently, it was a little bit of a hassle to bring everything to a translator first," Panarin said. "I felt more comfortable getting somebody who speaks Russian." Milstein also represents Pavel Datsyuk, who played for Detroit from 2001-16.

• Asked if he knows where his wicked one-timer is going when he unleashes it, Panarin said, "Approximately. It depends on how the pass is given. If the puck is faster or wobbly, I don't really have time to aim, so I just shoot. If it's more straight and slower, I aim."

• What's the biggest thing Panarin has learned from playing with Patrick Kane? "I can't really point at one moment. I'm always ready to give a pass to Patrick and even just playing with a player like that, you obviously learn something, little hockey things, even without sometimes realizing it."

• Finally, in answering a question about being a part of Russia's world junior championship team in 2011, Panarin went off subject and lamented losing a bet to Patrick Kane when the United States juniors beat Russia in a shootout in Montreal on Wednesday. "He's $500 more richer," Panarin said.

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