New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin asked for leave for personal reasons.
Earlier, a Russian newspaper published the allegations of Panarin’s former KHL coach Andrei Nazarov (Andrei Nazarov), claiming that the winger had a physical dispute with an 18-year-old woman in Latvia in 2011. The translation provided to ESPN said. Nazarov had previously criticized Panalin’s outspoken belief in Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The Rangers said in a statement on Monday: “Alemi vehemently denies any allegations in this fictional story.” “This is obviously an outspoken threat to his recent political events. Alemi clearly feels it. Shocked and worried, it will take some time to leave the team. The Rangers fully support Al and Mi and will work with him to determine the source. These baseless accusations.”
Nazarov played 571 games in the NHL. He said that the criminal case against Panarin had been heard in Latvia, but he added that someone paid “40,000 euros in cash” to stop the case, although it is not clear who paid.
One month after the alleged attack, Panalin was traded from Nazarov’s team.
Last month, Panarin expressed support for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny in an Instagram post. Through a Rangers spokesperson, Panarin declined to comment further on the topic in the days following the post.
Panarin was a Hart Trophy finalist for the NHL MVP last season. The 29-year-old has 5 goals and 13 assists in 14 games this season, contributing 18 points. The Rangers have won two consecutive victories, but still lead by four points in the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
Panarin usually takes vacations in Russia, but still has his family there, including his grandparents. It is rare to see high-profile Russian athletes vocalizing against Putin or the Russian government, but Panarin’s stance remains the same.
Panalin said in a Russian interview in 2019 that he was frustrated with the elites who saw economic development stagnant and limited to Moscow.
Panalin said in an interview in 2019: “I look like a foreign agent now, but that is not the case. “I think that people who solve problems are more like foreign agents than people who talk about problems. If I think about problems, I come from a positive place. I want to change something to make people live better. I don’t want to see retirement Personnel begging.”