Joel Marklund - Bildbyrån

New York Rangers' Artemi Panarin to take leave of absence

Artemi Panarin will be taking a leave of absence from the New York Rangers after a political hit piece was published against him from Russia.

According to a statement released by the Rangers, Panarin "vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations in this fabricated story."

Larry Brooks of the New York Post first reported the story.

The story alleges that he beat up an 18-year-old girl in Russia in 2011.

Panarin is the leading scorer for the Rangers this season. He has 18 points (five goals, 13 assists) in 14 games. 

This is a developing story.

This article is about:
NHL New York Rangers NHL Artemi Panarin
Scoring Leaders