I know what Panarin made here but his value on the open market was 11.5M. He's a better passer/play maker than D-Cat but he's never had better than a 32 goal season(D-Cat matched that in 52 games last year)and there's no comparison defensively. Find his replacement? Where and for how much? Certainly NOT in-house my friend.He didn't make 11.5 while he was here. I'm not saying I want Big Cat gone, i love him. I'm just saying if that's what it takes to finally get some stability on the offense then fine. Do it now while Kane can still carry a line and find his replacement. You know what those 40 goals got the hawks in 2018-2019... 9th in scored... 2nd in goals against per game. Obviously, that's not all on him. But the defense has been a big problem for a while now. They relied too heavily on Keith and Seabs to just always be there, and even when they were they weren't themselves. They have been in the top 2 of shots against per game in for the last 3 years. And in the top 10 for the last 7 years.
D-Cat didn't have to play with Kane to post those numbers last year and he didn't when he potted 41 as a 21 yro either.
Let's compare the quality of D-Cat's linemates last year to any other top scorer.