Artemi Panarin unveils his new Rangers Jersey

Artemi Panarin is excited to show off his new Rangers Jersey at MSG. AP Photo via Getty Images courtesy New York Rangers.

A day after agreeing to sign with the Rangers, Artemi Panarin unveiled his new Blueshirt jersey. The 27-year old Russian forward was all smiles at Madison Square Garden.

The Rangers provided the entertainment on Twitter by showing the Bread Man’s jersey getting made. Which number would he choose?

He looked very happy at Madison Square Garden. Why not? For the first time, Panarin pulled over his new Rangers Jersey.

In a surprise to some, he chose No. 10 over 27. I was glad for a silly reason. The only Russian who wore No. 27 was my favorite player, Alex Kovalev. Former captain Ryan McDonagh also had it.

Instead, Panarin went the same route of Ron Duguay, Esa Tikkanen, Marian Gaborik and JT Miller. Not bad company.

The Bread Man also got to meet his new coach David Quinn for a photo op.

It’s definitely going to be exciting to watch him play. Panarin will form chemistry with Mika Zibanejad. The question is who gets to play with them. There are still a couple of big questions the Rangers must answer this offseason. We’ll dive into that next.

About Derek Felix

Derek Felix is sports blogger whose previous experience included separate stints at ESPN as a stat researcher for NHL and WNBA telecasts. The Staten Island native also interned for or hockey historian Stan Fischler and worked behind the scenes for MSG as a production assistant on New Jersey Devil telecasts. An avid New York sports fan who enjoys covering events, writing, concerts, movies and the outdoors, Derek has covered consecutive Staten Island Yankees NY Penn League championships in '05 and '06. He also scored Berkeley Carroll high school basketball games from '06-14 and provided an outlet for the Park Slope school's student athletes. Hitting Back gives them the publicity they deserve. In his free time, he also attends Ranger games and is a loyal St. John's alum with a sports management degree. The Battle Of Hudson administrator and chief editor can be followed below on Twitter and Facebook.
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