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Trade: Columbus acquires Bobrovsky from Flyers

Jun 22, 2012, 12:30 PM EDT

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It might not be the goaltending fix people envisioned, but it’s a start.

According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from Philadelphia in exchange for a package of draft picks.

Update: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports three draft picks are going to Flyers, including No. 45 this year.

The deal seemingly puts Bobrovsky in competition with Steve Mason for Columbus’ No. 1 job next season (Mason is on the books for one more year at $2.9 million).

In late April, Columbus GM Scott Howson told Mason the team was “going to have a different look” in goal next season and that someone would likely come in to challenge for the starting gig.

That someone appears to be Bobrovsky.

The 23-year-old Russian had a brief flirtation with the starting gig in Philadelphia prior to Ilya Bryzgalov coming on board. The organization was (at one point) high on the youngster’s potential, but likely want a more veteran presence as Bryz’s backup.

Bobrovsky appeared in 29 games for Philadelphia last year, recording a 14-10-2 record with a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage. He has one year left on his entry level deal that pays $1.75 million annually.

  1. hockeyd40 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:44 PM

    Of course we don’t get Nash and we don’t get the #2 pick. What a fricken waste !!!!

    • creasemasta41 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      the day you can get nash or a #2 pick for bobrovsky is the day pigs fly out of my ass

      • lsxphotog - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM


      • drunkbro - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        haha true that… bob is pretty leaky, no locker room presence (cant even speak english). hes been working on his puckhandling and could have potential if he learns the language

      • creasemasta41 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:21 PM

        @drunkbro are you saying that not speaking english is the only reason hes not really good yet? cause if so id love to pick up a rosetta stone then go to the nhl

      • drunkbro - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

        The first thing I said was he is leaky. So no that’s not just it, most goaltenders speak the language, can help defensemen with letting them know if there’s pressure, surely helps when he is playing the puck, and in the locker room it helps if his teammates can talk to him and feed off of each others confidence. Who knows what bob is thinking

    • melonheadsdaddy - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      Why the hell are you so sold on Nash?? Flyers have a young and talented core offensively…they need DEFENSE. This was a smart move…package some picks and JVR and get a big nice defender in front of BRYZ..

    • obamablowz - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

      The waste would have been Nash…..If anyone gave up a #1 Pick for this unproven goalie they’re a fool….and I’m a Flyers fan

  2. creasemasta41 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    It seems as though howson finally made a decent move, bob probably isnt their savior but he sure is an upgrade from mason

  3. kingfooj - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

    This is a good opportunity for Bob, small market, less pressure, and a shot to be numero uno

  4. sleepers108 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:51 PM

    Yea this draft is not deep at all terrible decision to send him for only picks

    • obamablowz - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM

      I see the Flyers trading these draft picks for proven players like they always do

    • obamablowz - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

      Spoken like a true person who has NEVER watched junior hockey

    • drunkbro - Jun 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      draft isn’t deep – newsflash neither is Columbus. You never know what youre going to get in the draft, look at datsyuk and zetterberg

  5. bcisleman - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:52 PM

    Now it would appear that a goalie does not have to be part of a deal for Nash. That broadens the market a bit, but teams wanting him will still need to give up frontline players and prospects.

  6. snoboarder92201 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    Doesn’t make sence unless Homer packages this to get a top 5 draft pick. Flyers are so young already, we do not need to stock pile draft picks in a weak draft.

    • sj42084 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:01 PM

      Package #45 and 2 4th rounders to get a top 5 pick? Which world do you live in?

      • melonheadsdaddy - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

        Not sure he meant that, but with the addition of draft picks and JVR still on the block they can easily sneak in top 5…or acquire a nice defender to help out…

      • snoboarder92201 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:16 PM

        You idiot, I know you cant trade those picks for a top 5, but maybe trade JVR and those picks for a top 5 if there is the right prosect available. Coudl also get Ryan or top Dman with the help of them. My point was that we do not need any extra draft picks as is because we are so young.

      • obamablowz - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

        What world are you people living in? JVR doesn’t get you in the top 10!!!!! He’s unproven, injury prone, and almost a bust

      • melonheadsdaddy - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

        JVR was pick # 2 a mere 4-5 years ago…him and picks will get you top 5. Even people who cover the NHL have said so, not just Internet trolls. It’s science.

  7. hockeyd40 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:57 PM

    Unless we are stocking up for day when we have to pay Schenn Couts read and giroux

  8. eaglesfootballfan - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    The only way any team is going to get Rick Nash from Columbus is to over pay for him. The Flyers would have likely had to trade away Bobrovsky, James Van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier and a couple of prospects just to get 1 player in Nash which is way too much. Bobby Ryan would be better for the Flyers anyway and they need help on the blue line which I expect them to address 20th overall tonight. Bob is an average goaltender. The key to beating him is shooting high on him which was evident when he came in for Byrz in the Game 4 of the series against the Penguins but I think it is a good trade for both teams overall and the Flyers can get a veteran to backup Bryz.

  9. johnguelff - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    smart idea..great move for both..jackets address a need and flyers get a lot for their unneeded back up before his stock drops as he nears contract talks in the future

  10. danphipps01 - Jun 22, 2012 at 12:59 PM

    It’s generally a good idea to have at least one goalie with a sub-3.00 GAA, so I presume this is the prelude to a deal for a veteran backup of some sort. Let’s be honest – Philly needs one goalie who can make a save, and right now, that’s one more than they’ve got.

  11. dougr42 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:08 PM

    So who backs up Bryz now!?

  12. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:12 PM

    3 picks for Bob. Thanks again Columbus. Starting to be like when Ed wade was in Houston for the phillies.

  13. hockeyfan28 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:15 PM

    This draft is deep in defensemen which Philly can pickup in round 2 maybe the hockey news is right about Philly taking G Oscar Dansk with their number 1 pick

  14. me6661973 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    Think it was smart trrade we need some young d. Maybe will find some huge young players to help brzy and hope leighton as back up the one wasn’t given fair chance. Screw bobo he chokes. Leighton yes lost game seven of stanley cup but he also got us pass boston when we was doom to loose it. Why think he goalie for us let him get full season in as a back up. Brzy can get rest bobo was so chokish brzy never got chance be fresh. The d help need down low pronger maybe gone and he old needs help. We get something handle rangers and devils we will be good. Offencce is great.

    • psudu - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

      Um, did you have Bobo teaching you english this year?

  15. capsfan19 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Ha i love it! In further news… Flyers trade ilya bryz for mike richards and jeff carter!! :p

  16. govtminion - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:47 PM

    Very interesting trade… the Flyers get some decent picks, the Jackets get a goalie who knows his ass from a hole in the ground (an upgrade from the status quo), everyone wins. Very surprised though that Arniel went for Bobo- I was starting to wonder if perhaps Nash-for-Luongo had any chance of happening if the right add-ons were put in place on both sides. Unlikely now.

    • kitshky - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

      Wait minute, are you suggesting that just because a professional goaltender playing at the highest possible level cant figure out that his gear is two sizes too small … doesnt know his ass from a hole in the ground!?

      How …dare you!?

      (Nash for Lu, depending on what was thrown in of course, woulda been pretty sic)

  17. cgspens - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    Great conversation boys but let’s not forget this is Columbus and the Jackets we’re talking about, still no light at the end of the tunnel.

  18. jimw81 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

    Note to flyers fans, chill out, believe in homer! It will all work out

    • cleverbob - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      Yea, highly doubtful that this is the one and only move they make in the offseason…

  19. dannythebisforbeast - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    Doesn’t matter who’s in net. Without a replacement for pronged and upgraded D it won’t matter. Leighton would give up 4.5 a game with this D in front of him. He had his chance

  20. tfaltin - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

    I think the trade works on both ends. Bob is only 23, not near the prime of a goalie. He’ll grow and improve, and he has shown that he has some ability, but he needs consistent playing time. He is an upgrade over Mason and should get that consistent time, so that works for Columbus. Best case: it’s a long period of stability (likely not excellence) in net for the Jackets.

    I don’t see Philly using those draft picks, like many others have said they can be used in a package, maybe even to Nashville to acquire negotiating rights with Suter. With the defensive depth, and young offensive talent, the only real need on Broadstreet is for a top 2 defensemen. These picks give them leverage to acquiring one. I can definitely see why it works for both sides.

  21. theawesomersfranchise - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:36 PM

    Where is the stupid flyer fan who keep saying 2nd overall for Bob and garbage?

  22. Doesnotmatter - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:23 AM

    The best trade Howson has ever made. Now just chill and wait for someone to overpay for Nash.

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