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Davidson on Bobrovsky: ‘We think we’ll get him signed’

Jun 16, 2013, 3:09 PM EDT

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Now that Columbus’ Sergei Bobrovsky is a Vezina Trophy winner, the game really begins to get him signed.

Blue Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson knows all about the KHL’s desire to sign Bobrovsky but believes he’ll be able to keep him Columbus. Michael Arace of The Columbus Dispatch shares.

“We’ll look at all the different options — short-term, long-term, arbitration … who knows?” Davidson said. “We think we’ll get him signed.”

During the NHL Awards press conference, Bobrovsky was asked about where negotiations were. He wasn’t exactly in the mood to discuss the business side of hockey.

“Right now is the moment to celebrate, and later we will sit down with my agent and think about our next steps,” he said.

Ominously, when asked about if there’s a chance he could sign to play in the KHL he said, “We’ll see.”

Columbus wasn’t planning on looking for goaltending help this summer but they may have to make room for Plan B.

  1. pensman29 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:18 PM

    Hope they get him signed. It would look real bad for the NHL if their best goalie went to the khl. I just hope he will be able to keep up his phenomenal pace.

    • budvw14 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      It would look bad if the Vezina winner left for Russia. But let’s face it, if you have all 30 GMs a choice between Rask, Lundqvist, Quick or Bob …not a single one would take Bob. So to say the NHL would be listing it’s bests goaltender is a far stretch.

      • budvw14 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:25 PM

        *gave and *losing. Damn auto correct.

  2. ray2013 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:19 PM

    It happens in every sport; some guy in the last year of his contract has a big year, earns himself a big new contract, then they take a step back once they’ve got a long-term contract in place.

    Is that what’s happening here, or did he just coincidentally get better in time to sign a new long-term deal, and we can expect this level of performance from him in coming years? Anyone with an unbiased assessment?

    • iowa02 - Jun 17, 2013 at 10:23 AM

      He was never really a number 1 goalie where he played. His time in Philly, in my opinion, seemed a bit dysfunctional. He really got to show his chops once he went to Columbus. This one is just really bad timing for all involved. I think that he will get better as time goes on. I think he or his management will take a look at someone like Bryz who is not producing at the pace of his big contract and try their best to avoid something like that.

      • ray2013 - Jun 17, 2013 at 3:44 PM

        It’s a tough place to negotiate from; you had a shortened season. You had him switch teams, and switch systems. You have a KHL team peeking over your shoulder ready to offer the moon.

        I’d hope, for CBJ, that he was just poorly managed in Philly, and that once he was given a proper opportunity, he took full advantage of it. The alternative is that he went on a hot streak in time to cash in on a new contract, and that his play will decline a lot. We’ll see soon enough.

        But if I was his agent, I’d hedge my bets & ask for $5 million/3 years. Short enough if he produces he’ll get that big UFA contract. Long enough, if he was just having his peak season, he’ll maximize his opportunity.

  3. pensman29 - Jun 16, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Ray I really don’t know. I hope he can keep up this level of performance, but he hasn’t really shown it in the past. Next year will be very interesting to watch him. If I were their gm I would sign him to a 2-3 year deal. Or can you use your compliance buyout even after this year? Cause then they could sign him to a nice contract. Either way it’s a risk. But they HAVE to take it.

  4. jacketsfan7 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:07 PM

    Same here , i think Todd Clark will make sure he does keep up his pace

  5. pensman29 - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I’m saying that because he took home the vezina.

  6. crazemastercraze - Jun 16, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    He gets a pass on his prior poor performance due to the fact the he played for the second worst managed team in the NHL: the revolving door known as the Philadelphia Flyers

    • phillyphanatic77 - Jun 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

      It’s so surprising that a Pens fan would nominate the Flyers with such a title. Kind of amazing that such a terribly managed franchise would be an annual playoff participant, and have a more recent Cup final appearance than the team run by Shero the genius. There’s no bias there at all. I’m sure you knew Bob was gonna be a Vezina winner, eventho 28 GMs refused to give up any value for him. And the one that did, Scott Howson, was criticized greatly for it and then lost his job. I bet Shero the wunderkind is wishing he had made an offer, cuz guess what… Fleury, in his last few playoff appearances, has made Bryz look downright consistent.

  7. rushledger - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:12 PM

    He lead the Columbus blue jackets to its second best season since they came into the league. That’s not a impassible task but seeing as they just lost their franchise player it’s a great accomplishment and he deserves the award, hope he stays or it’s gonna set the Columbus rebuild back hard.

  8. kingsfan93 - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Sergei Bobrovsky is a young 24y old that showed some promising upside this passed season. Even though it was only 38 games played, he seems to show he can handle the #1 spot in net. Now with Sergei Bobrovsky winning the Vezina Trophy as best goalie of regular season could put a bit more pressure on John Davidson (President Hockey Operations/Alternate Governor) and Jarmo Kekalainen (General Manager) to either get something done or not. I could understand that S. Bobrovsky showed some promising upside to his game, but then there is that if we sign him to this *nice contract* that what if he fails, then what? Will he be another Steve Mason?

    So I say give S. Bobrovsky a 2yr deal worth about $3M a season, then if continues to show that he is the man in net, then sign him to that can’t refuse contract.

  9. ray2013 - Jun 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    He’s a 24 year old Vezina trophy winner. It’s not hard to argue that his contract should exceed someone like Cory Schneider ($4.0 mil) or Rick DiPietro ($4.5 mil).

    It’s not hard to see his agent starting at $5 million and going up; which puts them in a tough spot, especially if he were to regress. He keeps up his play, then $5 million is a bargain for elite starting goalies. But if he regresses, that could be a pretty awful contract going forward. I wouldn’t want to negotiate this deal.

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