By Allan Muir
UPDATE: Multiple reports suggest the stalemate has been broken and the two sides are closing in on a deal that could be announced before the start of the draft. Possibility of a sign-and-trade still in play. Stay tuned.
Bobrovsky being offered to teams by the Blue Jackets. Told he wants $6 mil per. Columbus in market for a goalie.—
Darren Dreger (@DarrenDreger) June 30, 2013
This probably shouldn’t come as a surprise, but the Columbus Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky have very different opinions about his value to the team moving forward. And it appears that difference may lead to a parting of the ways. TSN’s Darren Dreger says the Jackets have put Bobrovsky on the market and are looking for his replacement.
Bobrovsky, who becomes a restricted free agent on July 5, is coming off a Vezina Trophy-season that was as unexpected as any award win in recent memory. It’s fair to say that he was the single most important factor in a thrilling season that saw Columbus contend for a playoff spot right until the last weekend. Turns out he’s pretty proud of those accomplishments. $6 million proud.
The Blue Jackets, understandably, don’t share that inflated view. No argument Bobrovsky is coming off a remarkable campaign, but he was lousy the season prior and only fair the year before that. Hardly the sort of track record that would justify such a lavish commitment.