Chicago Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman isn't wasting any time putting together a to-do list for the offseason.
"Patrick Kane would be pretty upset if we didn't," Bowman told reporters.
Panarin, 24, remains under contract through the end of next season. The rookie out of Russia has provided excellent offensive output on his two-year, $1.625 million deal, which also includes a variety of performance-based incentives. Either way, he'll be a bargain at least until the conclusion of this pact.
The Russian winger who was signed as a free agent last April is a favorite to win the Calder Trophy, awarded to the league's top first-year player. Panarin leads all rookies with 17 goals, 29 assists and 46 points in 52 games. He is 11th in the league in points.
Bowman also has a handful of restricted free agents to deal with this summer, most notably Andrew Shaw, Marcus Kruger, Phillip Danault and Jiri Sekac.