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Report: Columbus shops Bobrovsky following $6M per year demand

Jun 30, 2013, 12:18 PM EDT

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It sounds like the Columbus Blue Jackets are willing to shop Sergei Bobrovsky‘s negotiating rights around the league after all.

TSN’s Darren Dreger reports that the 2013 Vezina Trophy winner is seeking a deal that will pay him $6 million per year, prompting the Blue Jackets to offer his rights to other NHL teams. It’s probably safe to say that Columbus will look for a new No. 1 netminder, according to Dreger.

The KHL gloated about extending an “excellent offer” to Bobrovsky about a week ago. Sunday stands as a huge opportunity for the Blue Jackets to get something for “Bob,” as he can sign with a KHL team as early as July 1 (if he chooses).

It’s tough to beat up Columbus too much for this situation, although some might argue that the Blue Jackets should’ve pursued an extension earlier in his breakout season.

Those 2013 numbers are eye-popping, and his overall career numbers are pretty nice, but the 24-year-old only has 121 regular season games on his NHL resume.

Apparently that’s not enough for the Blue Jackets to give him the kind of money only a handful of franchise netminders are receiving,* but maybe some other goalie-needy club will decide he’s worth the gamble?

* – 2012 Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick‘s new deal carries a $5.8 million cap hit, for example.

  1. burgh916 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Hey look – Bob has one good year and wants a ridiculous pay… Their owner looks to shop them. Letang wants an overly ridiculous pay – our owner goes out of his way to sign him… The hell?

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      He gets a Verona for a shortened season, lol. G back to Russia, who cares

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

        Go back to basketball articles, who cares

      • esracerx46 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Damn it now I want a Corona.

      • jl9830 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:02 PM

        Enlighten us as to what/who a Verona is, please.

      • ethanmacleod1685 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:17 PM

        Auto spell hahahaha, Vezina lol

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        The only thing laughable here is your knowledge or lack thereof of hockey

    • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Well one team has the revenue to pay it, the other does not, I hear you tho, that letang contract is iffy

    • drone501 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM

      would that team be the flyers

  2. hazlydose - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    Oh look a much better place for the pens to spend the money they spent on Letang. The first of many for the next eight years. Actually, the second. The first was Dupuis.

  3. jpat2424 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Not worth it.

  4. devilsarethebest - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:27 PM

    Hmm, wouldn’t it be cool to have both cover finalists on the team?

    • esracerx46 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:52 PM

      Pretty sure Holmgren is running to his phone. Doesn’t Bob have “none or one year left” like Philly is looking for? That’d be hysterical.

    • nj666 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:01 PM

      That would be awful, theres no need to spend that much on a goalie whos had one good season. a half season at that.

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:39 PM

        A good 2 months, really. His first 2 months his S% was .898. That’s really just “eh” it’s not even average.

  5. jernster21 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    Proof that the lockout was all for nothing. Players are still going to demand outrageous money and the fact of the matter is there are teams out there that will pay it….and complain about it later.

    • dueman - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Don’t forget to throw some of that hate towards the agents as I’m sure they aren’t telling their clients to be reasonable…..The vultures don’t give a crap about where their clients play, or anything other than their cut.

      • jsesquire - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Actually, I’d give kudos to the agents for reminding these guys that they need to maximize their payday when they can. Right now Bobrovsky has so much going for him. He worked his butt off and was named the best goaltender in the NHL. His market value is huge.

        What happens if, out of the goodness of his heart, he takes a shorter deal or something worth less money next year and he gets injured. That’s millions of dollars he would never get the chance to make again.

        If I were him, I would do everything in my power to make sure myself and my family will be taken care of. NHL players’ (esp. goaltenders) careers are way too short to not take all the money they can get.

      • jernster21 - Jun 30, 2013 at 7:51 PM

        No offense I’m not going to feel sorry for someone that “suffers” making a million or millions playing a game which is supposed to be for their “love of the game.” I’m not going to feel sorry for someone who wants to “maximize their worth” because they want to go on a shopping spree and blow their money instead of setting themselves up for the rest of their life. And an agent isnt going to do anything but get the most they can because the more their client makes, the more they make. Letang is case in point, it’s all about greed. You mean to tell me that his life wasn’t set at the original 54 million offer? That he had to get 58 so it matched his number? What a joke. Pretty sure these guys aren’t going to get much sympathy from us peasants who live in the real world and not a fairy tale.

  6. steelers88 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    The Penguins are actually in some trouble. They don’t have enough money to build a cast of players around the core of Crosby, Malkin, and Letang because they paid those 3 so much.

    • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:41 PM

      Don’t discount the bargain deals Neal and Kunitz have – they could have got considerably more from other teams for the points they’ve put up in the last two years.

      That said, the supporting cast on the Pens is going to look pretty thin after next season, assuming they don’t change their minds and deal Letang before the new contract and its trade protection kick in.

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:45 PM

        Kunitz and Meal would not put up close to those numbers without Crosby/Malkin. So they wouldn’t get more elsewhere

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Well I guess it’s a good think that Crosby and Malkin are there for the next 8-12 years, then, isn’t it?

    • burgh916 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      You are right, and I also would like to use that as his new nickname, The Big Meal James Neal!

      • devilsarethebest - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:50 PM

        Ok, it was a typo. Typing on Ipad is a b$&?@

      • burgh916 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Yeah I know man!! I do that all the time, I actually did like it hahah gave me a laugh!

  7. chrisk61 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    bob isn’t worth the financial risk. his recent numbers were in a shortened 48 gm season. he is not a big guy. he may very well wear down in a full 82 gm season extended presumably with the playoffs. he wore down and was inconsistent in his earlier season with the flyers.

    and another basic hockey rule, although there are a few exception, but:

    do not pay the russians. they tank after they get paid.

    • jl9830 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      So what about being Russian makes people “tank,” since you’re such an anthropologist and all?

  8. nyrnashty - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    This was a little more than half a season. Who knows what his numbers would have been if it was an 82 game season. Not worth it yet, but he does show promise.

  9. devilsarethebest - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Why doesn’t he agree to a PK Subnan type deal? If hes sure he’s worth it let him prove himself in a full season otherwise he can go back to the KHL. And, he did sort of play a full season, during the lockout he was the leading goalie in the KHal

  10. flydommo - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Bob is talented, quick, athletic and ambitious. However, asking for 6 Million p.a. at this stage in his career is pure insanity. No-one is going to pay him that. He only has 121 regular season games to his resume and his only playoff appearance to date did not go too well. I’d try to get rid of him as well if I were the CBJ manager.

  11. 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM

    Can’t blame Columbus – the KHL’s willing to dramatically overpay any Russian to convince them to play back home and to be demanding $6m a year for half a season’s good work is going to make most NHL GMs shy away. Consistency is worth its weight in gold in the NHL, and Bob’s a long way from having proven consistency.

  12. isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Hey Columbus, want that 2nd round pick back and save my job, please? -Paul holmgren

  13. Habib Marwan - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    pass on him flyers… quit bring back retreads .. move onto someone new

  14. garryjercia - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    Holmgren: GET HIM BACK!

    • nj666 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM

      As a fan of logic, thats a bad decision based on the cap, As a fan of the Devils, DO IT!

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:46 PM

        Agreed. As a Pens fan I’m all for it! I wonder if him and Letang will get suspicious when they keep losing the credit card game at team dinner for the next 8 years?

      • isithockeyseasonyet - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:54 PM

        lol what world are you living in chanceoffleury? Bobrovsky is not going to pittsburgh, revert back to your username if you want to know who your goalie will be next year

      • chanceoffleury1 - Jun 30, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        Ha where did I say he was going to Pittsburgh? I was referencing the fact that Pittsburgh is reportedly overpaying for a star player’s contract and Philly would have a matching overpaid player. Get it? They’d have lots of extra money to buy the team dinner since they’re being overpaid.

  15. devilsarethebest - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Seems like this is over soon. LeBrun reports he’s closing in on a new deal in Colombus. I guess Homer will have to move on.

  16. drewsylvania - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Bobrovsky will get that money, but it’s a risk. Who are the goalie free agents?

    • 19to77 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

      With Smith’s signing, the best UFAs left are probably Emery (who wants to stay in Chicago) and Jose Theodore. Tim Thomas is a wildcard too I guess. RFA-wise, it’s Bobrovsky or nothing, since Rask and Bernier will be signed by Boston and Toronto.

      As stupid as it sounds to throw money at a guy for half a season’s performance, the market’s thin enough now to allow it.

  17. ray2013 - Jun 30, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    Yesterday, the Coyotes gave Mike Smith $5.7million per season. If we use that as a benchmark, then $6 million a season for a 24 year old Vezina trophy winner is reasonable, even if it was a shortened season.

    3 years/$18 million or 4 years/$24 million seems to be fair. Gives Bob another big payday if he keeps his play up. And he’d be a UFA. CBJ has to pay someone to play net. Why not Bob?

  18. shanesander - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    should of signed him early. anybody else remember Jim Carey in WSH?

  19. shanesander - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    should’ve signed him early.. Jim Carey 2.0

  20. proudliberal85392 - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    And so it goes..

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