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Bobrovsky signs two-year contract with Blue Jackets (Updated)

Jul 1, 2013, 10:55 AM EDT

Sergei Bobrovsky AP

The Columbus Blue Jackets still haven’t officially signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, but it is believed that the Vezina Trophy winner will earn about $10 million over the next two seasons, according to the Columbus Dispatch.

News that a deal was imminent broke yesterday following rumors that the Blue Jackets were shopping Bobrovsky.

Although Blue Jackets president John Davidson isn’t ready to confirm anything, he is very optimistic.

“It’s a relief that we’re close,” Davidson said. “If you don’t have a goalie, you have problems. Happy hunting if you don’t have a guy who can stop the puck.”

Update: Bobrovsky has officially agreed to a two-year, $11.25 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.

Bobrovsky was eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer and while the Blue Jackets were expected to match any offer sheet an opposing team might present, that wasn’t really the issue. The real threat was the possibility of Bobrovsky accepting a lucrative offer to play in the KHL.

The 24-year-old goaltender was a major factor in Columbus’ strong finish to the 2013 campaign and losing him would have been a big step back for a franchise still trying to establish itself.

  1. nightfireop - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    wait ….. so because of one good HALF season, bob is demanding more money than a one year pay of either jonathan quick, henrik lundqvist, and/or pekka rinne (all who have proven to be consistent multiple seasons)?

    • stakex - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:35 AM

      Wait a second here. Lundqvist has a cap hit of $6.875, Quick’s cap hit is $5.8 million, and Rinne makes $7 million flat. All three of those are less, not more, then $5 million.

      Its also worth pointing out that all three of them have long term deals (Lundqvist’s is up after this year). The reason Bobrovsky’s deal is two years probably has something to do with his limited NHL experience.

      Now I think we can all agree that goalies can get hot and have a good 30 games, and maybe Bobrovsky was just riding a hot hand and will never play as good again. However Columbus can’t take that gamble, and instead has to lock him up long enough to prove it wasn’t a fluke… and a Vezina win is worth a lot.

      • nightfireop - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:06 PM

        yea i misread the other salaries, my mistake there. but he’s demanding payment like those 3 elite goaltenders mentioned above….after one good HALF season; in contrast to the others having consistent/multiple seasons under their belt.

    • hockey412 - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

      I think you misunderstand the point of free agency…even restricted free agency. His play drives the market, the market drives his price tag. Sounds reasonable to me.

  2. mj1783 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    That one good half of a season got him the Vezina. They had to pay him. I was nearly sick to my stomach reading reports of Tim Thomas or Miikka Kiprusoff being a CBJ. Bob is young, has played very well, and this is not a long term deal so neither side is locked in to a bad situation. I’m quite pleased with the deal as a Jackets fan.

    • lewdood - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Just having a regular, steady, reliable starter in net is worth $5m/yr for the Jackets.

    • BSpeedman - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:50 PM

      So you’re the one CBJ fan.

  3. tmoore4075 - Jul 1, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Quick’s cap hit is 5.8mil and his actual salary is 7mil this year. So more than Bob is getting according to this. Henrik makes closer 7mil next year and Rinne is making $7mil even. So he’ll make less than all of them.

    He deserved a raise and would have easily gotten $5mil a year on the open market. Jackets also couldn’t let him walk. It would be just another slap in the face to this franchise to lose a guy right after he wins the Vezina. Smart on the Jackets to not give huge term because of the only one good year so far. Let him prove it and then he can get the big contract in 2 years if it plays out the way they and he both hope.

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  5. buddysguys - Jul 1, 2013 at 12:22 PM

    Paying Goalies is such a crap shoot. Guy earned his loot this year but at the same time he only played well during a shortened season. Can he do it for 70 games like the Elite ones Hank, Quick, Rinne, MIller and so on?

  6. stcrowe - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    That is a big cap hit, but it is only for two years. If only Holmgren could turn back time, Bobrovsky could have signed for twelve years.

  7. puckmepuckyou - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Bob had a heck of a season in Russia during the lockout. 18-3 I think. He played really good in Philly but they gave up on him. IMO the goalies coach in Philly ought to be fired with the GM and start from there.

  8. buffalomafia - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Where is Ryan Miller going?

    • jpelle82 - Jul 1, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      lol…..if you keep asking about it someone will hear you and put a rumor out there, im sure of it.

      • 2qswing - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:07 PM

        The days of 12-year contracts are over.

  9. blue21c - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:17 PM


  10. ray2013 - Jul 1, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    2 years/11.25 million. That works out to 5.625 m/season. That’s Mike Smith-level money. People have a problem with a Vezina trophy winner making in the same ballpark as Mike Smith?

    Good deal for CBJ, but I would have liked to see another year on the contract, especially if they believed in Bob.

  11. flydommo - Jul 1, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    He deserves a hefty raise, and at only two years contract length the risk for the Jackets is acceptable.

    • desertfan - Jul 1, 2013 at 5:58 PM

      But isnt he a Russian??

      Says it all -two years is a long contract for one of these guys.

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