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You’re The GM - How Much Do You Pay Bobrovsky?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It has been about a month since the Blue Jackets’ season ended and two months since contract talks between the club and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky started, but the sides are no closer to reaching a deal.

“We’ve talked. We’ve exchanged ideas,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said this week. “But we haven’t made any progress, really. It’s been pretty quiet for a while now.”

Bobrovsky, 24, can become a restricted free agent on July 5, and he’s due a big raise from the roughly $1.7 million a season he made in his entry-level deal, including salary and bonuses.


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NHLJeff's avatar

This is a very tough situation. I think the best way to go is a short term (in case he’s a one-hit wonder) deal at $3.5-4.5M.

Posted by NHLJeff from Pens fan in Chicago, IL on 05/23/13 at 09:37 AM ET

redxblack's avatar

How Kekalainen handles this will tell us a lot about what will be going on in Columbus for a while. Cleaning house was a no-brainer. Can he keep key pieces and manage costs?

Posted by redxblack from Akron Ohio on 05/23/13 at 09:49 AM ET

topshelf14's avatar

I agree with Jeff, but I think it’ll be around 5 million you’re gonna have to pay him if its a short term deal.

Posted by topshelf14 from Detroit, MI on 05/23/13 at 09:54 AM ET


15 years, $67.5M

Posted by Garth on 05/23/13 at 10:01 AM ET


2 years, $7.5 million.

Posted by Chris M on 05/23/13 at 10:05 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

12 years $98 million.  Seems to be the going rate for the top FA anymore.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/23/13 at 10:18 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Guys, unless I missed it being revoked the new CBA doesn’t allow the really long-term contracts anymore.

What’s the max now, 8 years for your own guy, 6 for signing someone else’s?

Posted by Primis on 05/23/13 at 10:34 AM ET


Guys, unless I missed it being revoked the new CBA doesn’t allow the really long-term contracts anymore.

Well, someone‘s got to be the first to circumvent the cap.

Posted by Garth on 05/23/13 at 11:22 AM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Fine Primis.  Since Howie got 5+ mil and wasn’t even a vezina candidate and the fact Bobbo’s probably gonna WIN it. $10m for 8 years.

For some reason players are always more worried about big paydays instead of winning teams.  I love that about the Wings, people know where they fit and are willing to take less for stability and a chance to win regularly.

Except for Filpulla who seems intent on fleecing the Wings, who brought him along.  5m for 40points..  that’s hilarious

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/23/13 at 11:29 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Well, someone‘s got to be the first to circumvent the cap.

Posted by Garth on 05/23/13 at 12:22 PM ET

That’s why there’s still the NJD.

Posted by Primis on 05/23/13 at 11:39 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Probably Henrik Lundqvist money.

Posted by SYF from Dr. Ima Tearadikov's Office on 05/23/13 at 11:52 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

My guess is the exact amount and term necessary to remove any motivation for him to continue playing at the top of his game.  Which will also be just enough to handcuff his team from signing major free agents or trading him for any value.

and a NTC

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 05/23/13 at 01:12 PM ET

HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

Hoot, you’re forgetting this is Kukaleinen, not Howson.  Jokerit was the perennial favorite in the Finnish league.

He’s the guy who turned Brassard and a 4th liner into Marian Gaborik without giving away any of his 3 first round draft picks in the best drawft since 03 (allegedly)

Bobbo would be smart to stick with this team and this org.  They’re good for eachother.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 05/23/13 at 02:26 PM ET

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