Minutes after Monday night’s loss to the Boston Bruins that eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets from the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, the team put out a tweet declaring, “Next season starts now.”
It was a memorable season.
You were with us as we reached new heights, and the climb is not done. We will be back.
Next season starts now. pic.twitter.com/PVbpTldKzn — x-Columbus Blue Jackets (@BlueJacketsNHL) May 7, 2019
But who will be with the team next season? Two of the team’s biggest stars’ contracts are up in the air.
Tuesday morning after the game, Artemi Panarin was the biggest trending topic on Twitter in Columbus, but all of those tweets are just speculation. Panarin himself is not commenting on whether he will stay or go.
“He feels empty right now. He can’t think of that. They just lost a game, and that’s all they think,” a Russian translator said to the media for Panarin Monday night in the CBJ locker room.
Star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky also did not confirm or deny whether he played his last game as a Blue Jacket Monday night.
“It’s too early to say. I don’t think about that future right now. I just say what I think about what’s happening right now– how I feel right now. It’s too early to discuss my future,” Bobrovsky said.