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KHL president trumpets ‘excellent offer’ for Bobrovsky to consider

Jun 24, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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Fresh off winning the Vezina Trophy, but still without an NHL contract for next season, Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovksy has received the full-court press from KHL president Alexander Medvedev, who would love to see the young Russian leave North America to sign with SKA St. Petersburg.

“I’ve met Sergei and his agent. We held negotiations, an offer was made,” said Medvedev, per R-Sports. “Now the player has to make his decision. The choice is his.”

Though the NHL is undoubtedly the best hockey league in the world, Medvedev — who’s also a director of SKA — doesn’t believe that signing in Russia for big money would mark a “step backwards” for Bobrovsky.

“We think that this is an excellent offer for Sergei to continue his career, a return to his home league, to a strong team,” Medvedev said.

It remains unclear how seriously Bobrovsky, 24, is considering the KHL as an alternative, or if he’s mostly using it as leverage in negotiations with the Jackets.

Bobrovsky can become an NHL restricted free agent on July 5; however, as the Columbus Dispatch reports, his obligation to the Jackets expires on July 1, at which point he’s free to sign overseas.

  1. jpelle82 - Jun 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    oh the drama continues. shouldve locked him up months ago as it would be a travesty to see him leave north amerika

  2. biasedhomer - Jun 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Normally, I wouldn’t htink of much of a KHL offer, but for some reason, I feel Bob could go back to Russia. He’d be back home and with a decent amount of pay.

    Blue Jackets are gonna have to ante up for a guy who had a good 38 game stretch. And I’m not completely sold on him yet.

    • ray2013 - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

      Just what I was thinking. He had a great stretch in a shortened season, but there’s no guarantee that he’ll remain that player once he’s locked up. Kudos to his agent for making sure he’ll maximize his next contract, either with CBJ or in the KHL.

    • burgh916 - Jun 24, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Hey buddy well I got some good news! We got the perfect goalie for your needs! He won’t run off to Russia, the only thing I can guarantee is breaking a few TVs!

      So uh… Fleury for a 1st please?

  3. kaptaanamerica - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    KHL is the real deal, especially for Eastern Euros.

  4. georgejarkko - Jun 24, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    I kinda doubt his agent got the president of the KHL to talk up the offer so he could leverage the Jackets.

  5. blomfeld - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    - open manholes on sidewalks ?
    – radioactive tap water in hotel rooms ?
    – chain-smoking gas station attendants tanking up your car ?

    One of my funniest memories from my airline days, was the time we saw this Aeroflot pilot lean out of his cockpit window and flick his cigarette butt down on the tarmac … right beside a tanker truck! The bottom line is that Bobrovsky is going nowhere, no different than big man OV with his hollow threats of defection last September. In fact, I wouldn’t be the list bit surprised if Medvedev now gets a nice & thick ‘cash-filled’ envelope from Bobrovsky for uttering this tripe! :)

  6. quizguy66 - Jun 24, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    I heard a rumor that they are throwing a Super Bowl ring into the deal.

    -QG

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