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KHL club reportedly pursuing Bobrovsky

May 24, 2013, 10:36 AM EDT

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With no progress in his contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets, goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to receive (or has possibly already received) an offer from KHL club SKA Saint Petersburg.

According to Slava Malamud Sport-Express, there’s going to be “big money on the table” for the 24-year-old restricted free agent to consider.

Bobrovsky’s efforts during the NHL regular season vaulted the Blue Jackets into contention for a playoff spot and earned him a Vezina Trophy nomination.

During the lockout, he played for SKA Saint Petersburg, posting an impressive 18-3-2 record with a .932 save percentage.

It’s not clear how seriously Bobrovsky might consider a KHL offer. As Columbus Dispatch reporter Aaron Portzline points out, Bobrovsky also has leverage in a potential offer sheet.

  1. deeznutz3d - May 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    This would be Columbus’ luck, they put together a solid season then their Veniza finalist goalie bolts for the KHL

    • hockeyflow33 - May 24, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      It’s not due to luck, it’s due to their mismanagement.

  2. valoisvipers - May 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

    What about Bob.
    Bob has yet to play a full season successfully, yes he has played good for stretches but then poorly for stretches. I wouldn’t be too quick about handing out any type of long term contract. I also do not think that he deserves to get the 6-7 million a year that he reportedly is asking for and a whole lot more being paid in Russian Rubles @ .03 cents to the dollar.
    Note to Bob lower your price or go back home to the Mother Land.

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 24, 2013 at 3:30 PM

      Well said!

  3. sonvar - May 24, 2013 at 11:12 AM

    I like Goalie Bob but I don’t want another Steve Mason situation where we overpay a goalie for one year of great performance again. Not sure who they turn to or pickup if Bob doesn’t sign with the jackets though but no matter what even with Bob signed they need a solid backup.

    • brysono - May 26, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      They could go for Jonathan Bernier. He’d be willing to fight for a starting job and proved he could carry a team if need be. There are other options but that kid is probably the best.

  4. freneticgarfieldfan - May 24, 2013 at 11:36 AM

    How convienient, just in time when the contract talks have stalled, to “reportedly” receive a nebulous huge offer from the very remote KHL, which nobody really may verify. Some guys just seem to have the luck on their side.

  5. ibieiniid - May 24, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    is it me or is the KHL becoming more competitive pay-wise? theres so many guys entertaining the idea of playing there. will we have NHL/KHL exhibition games in the future? like… ones that arent lopsided?

    • budzo83 - May 24, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      The money is not necessarily guaranteed in the KHL, so the numbers thrown out there can get pretty crazy. It’s a just a bargaining chip for most players, but for an NHL player that is buried in the depth chart or has a two-way contract, it’s a viable option. Most players opt to stay in North America because the KHL travel is so grueling and the facilities are less than adequate in most cases… As far as the NHL/KHL exhibition games, I doubt it will happen. The NHL doesn’t consider the KHL on it’s level and staging an exhibition would be a public admission that it is.

      • brysono - May 26, 2013 at 12:18 PM

        KHL vs ECHL just so they know what the NHL thinks of them…

  6. budzo83 - May 24, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Dude just had a great season, is not yet resigned, and is only 24 years-old. Wouldn’t you be surprised if other teams weren’t inquiring about his services? Since SKA were partial benefactors of said great season, it should also be no surprise that they are trying to get a peice of the action. Not sure why other posters are putting up such a fuss. I understand not wanting to repeat the Mason situation, but if CBJ doesn’t step up and pay the man, somebody will probably give him an offer sheet… which creates an even bigger problem. I’m pretty sure that’s a PR nightmare that John Davidson would rather stay out of.

    • brysono - May 26, 2013 at 12:27 PM

      You can call me out in the future if I’m wrong, I’ll even give you my name, but not one GM will put an offer sheet on Bob. They are too smart to try to out pay a team for a kid who played well in a lower league and then well in a shortened season. If he was two full NHL seasons in with that sustained level of play, they might entertain the idea. That sample size is far too small, many a average goalie have been great for the length of a shortened season.

  7. isithockeyseasonyet - May 24, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    Flyers extend offer sheet once FA hits? Haha jk, but…

    • chanceoffleury1 - May 24, 2013 at 6:21 PM

      You have to have cap space to extend an offer sheet……

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