New York Rangers star Artemi Panarin is taking a go away of absence from the group for private causes.The information comes after a Russian newspaper revealed allegations from Panarin’s former KHL coach, Andrei Nazarov, claiming the winger bought right into a bodily altercation with an 18-year-old lady in Latvia in 2011. Nazarov’s interview stated Panarin “despatched her to the ground with a number of highly effective blows,” in accordance with a translation offered to ESPN. Nazarov has beforehand criticized Panarin’s outspoken beliefs towards Russian President Vladimir Putin.”Artemi vehemently and unequivocally denies any and all allegations on this fabricated story,” the Rangers stated in an announcement Monday. “This is clearly an intimidation tactic getting used in opposition to him for being outspoken on current political occasions. Artemi is clearly shaken and anxious and can take a while away from the group. The Rangers absolutely help Artemi and can work with him to establish the supply of those unfounded allegations.”Nazarov, who performed 571 video games within the NHL, stated a felony case in opposition to Panarin was opened in Latvia however added that anyone paid “a sum of 40k Euro money” to cease the case, although it was unclear who paid that.Panarin was traded from Nazarov’s group a month after the alleged assault.1 RelatedLast month, Panarin confirmed his help for Russian opposition chief Alexei Navalny in an Instagram submit. Through a Rangers spokesperson, Panarin declined to remark additional on the subject within the days following the submit.Panarin, 29, was a finalist for the Hart Trophy because the NHL MVP final season. He has 5 targets and 13 assists for 18 factors in 14 video games this season. The Rangers have gained two straight however are nonetheless 4 factors out of a playoff place within the East Division.Panarin sometimes spends his offseasons in Russia and nonetheless has household there, together with his grandparents. It is uncommon to see high-profile Russian athletes converse out in opposition to Putin or the Russian authorities, however Panarin has been constant in his stance.In a Russian-language interview in 2019, Panarin stated that he’s pissed off to see financial improvement stalled and restricted to the elite in Moscow.”I’ll appear to be a international agent proper now, however it’s not like that,” Panarin stated within the 2019 interview. “I feel that the individuals who hush up the issues are extra like international brokers than those that discuss them. If I take into consideration issues, I’m coming from a optimistic place, I wish to change one thing, to have folks reside higher. I do not wish to see retirees begging.”