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Columbus puts Bobrovsky (groin) on IR, out 4-5 weeks

Dec 4, 2013, 4:37 PM EDT

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The news is in on Sergei Bobrovsky‘s lower-body injury, and it’s not good.

On Wednesday, Columbus placed its Vezina-winning netminder on injured reserve with a groin ailment, one that will keep him sidelined for 4-5 weeks.

Bobrovsky, 25, is 10-11-2 this season with a 2.72 GAA and .909 save percentage. He sits ninth among all goalies in minutes played and has 23 starts, two back of league-leaders Corey Crawford and Roberto Luongo.

With Bobrovsky shelved, the Jackets will give the majority of work to backup Curtis McElhinney, who has been good in limited duty this year. McElhinney has just a 1-3-1 record in eight appearances, but boasts a solid save percentage (9.25) and GAA (2.34).

As for Columbus’ new backup, Mike McKenna has been recalled from AHL Springfield.

It’ll be curious to see how the Jackets react to the Bobrovsky loss. The team is already without Marian Gaborik and is still waiting for its big free agent signing, Nathan Horton, to recover from offseason surgery and make his Columbus debut.

Between Bobrovsky, Gaborik and Horton, the Blue Jackets have over $17 million in salary on IR.

  1. canucks30 - Dec 4, 2013 at 5:38 PM

    One Year Wonder

  2. 2qswing - Dec 5, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    because he got hurt? what a dick^

    • narfmoo12 - Dec 5, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      Not because he got hurt. Because he’s a bad goalie who had 6 good weeks in his career and won a Vezina off of it in a shortened season. His numbers each year:

      2.59/.915
      3.02/.899
      2.00/.932
      2.72/.909

      Which one of those years seems like the outlier? Also, if you look at his Vezina year, on March 2, his stats were 2.90/.899, so he was off to a typical terrible Bobrovsky season before having an awesome 6 weeks to win the Vezina and then was handed contract with a $6M cap hit.

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