​The Boston Bruins are swooping in as a dark horse candidate to land a superstar winger. 


Per Jimmy Murphy, the Bruins have made yet another inquiry on Columbus Blue Jackets' Artemi Panarin ahead of the Feb. 25 trade deadline. Negotiations will begin with Jake Debrusk, a top prospect with NHL experience, and a first-round pick. 

​​That's a  heavy price to pay for a potential rental player.


The Panarin sweepstakes have been headlined by multiple teams that hope to sign him in the offseason, including the ​Chicago Blackhawks and New York Rangers. However, the Bruins may emerge as the first suitor for a trade deadline deal.


Reports have heated up in recent days of Panarin's distaste for Columbus. Between the controversy with Sergei Bobrovsky and the team just two points ahead of the final Wild Card spot, the Blue Jackets and their front office are skating on thin ice. 

​​Panarin has all but officially checked out of Columbus. 


The Bruins have been slowly falling out of the top three in the Atlantic Division. The Toronto Maple Leafs have upgraded their defense with the ​Jake Muzzin trade and the Tampa Bay Lightning are continuing their record-breaking campaign. 


It's time for the Bruins to make an upgrade and Panarin may just be the player Boston needs to compete in the Atlantic.