NHL News: Artemi Panarin says he has nothing to hide, NHL won’t postpone Draft, and 19 year-old tragically passes after puck to head

Jan 19, 2021; New York, New York, USA; New York Rangers left wing Artemi Panarin (10) honors the NHLs first Black player Willie O’Ree with a commemorative helmet sticker prior to a game against the New Jersey Devils at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/Pool Photos-USA TODAY Sports

Artemi Panarin made his first public comments since taking a leave of absence that caused him to miss 9 games. His former KHL coach, Andrei Nazarov alleged that Panarin was involved in an assault against a young female. It sent the usually happy-go-lucky star home to take care of affairs with himself and his family.

NHL News: Artemi Panarin addresses allegations for the first time since leave

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Artemi Panarin Rangers (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)

Since those allegations were made many of Panarin’s former teammates spoke out in his defense and stated that incident did not happen as described. According to multiple testimonies there was no assault.

“It’s probably not the time to discuss it right now,” Panarin explained. “I have nothing to hide and I will address everything after the season but right now the focus is on the game.”

NHL News: 2021 Draft will not be postponed

Elliotte Friedman is reporting that after some deliberation the NHL will not be changing the July Draft date.

Many NHL GM’s have asked for the consideration to postpone due to the difficulty of scouting players and the fact some leagues started late or not at all.

KHL Player dies after puck to head

Timur Faizutdinov was a 19 year-old defenseman playing for Dynamo St. Petersburg’s junior team on Friday when he was hit in the head with a puck. The play occurred in the neutral zone and isn’t anything not seen before.

Sadly, the shot sent Faizutdinov to the ice and he succumbed to his injuries on Tuesday. The Russian Junior league said, “doctors fought for Timur’s life over the course of three days.”

Never take a moment for granted. Rest in Peace.

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