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Sergei Bobrovsky’s Slow Start

from Jordan McPherson of the Miami Herald,

There’s no denying that Sergei Bobrovsky has talent. The 31-year-old Russian goaltender is a two-time All-Star and two-time Vezina Trophy winner.

But there’s also no denying his slow start to his first year with the Florida Panthers, who signed him to a seven-year, $70 million contract this offseason. Bobrovsky has just a .872 save percentage through six starts — the third-lowest efficiency among the 32 goaltenders who have started at least four games. He has allowed at least four goals in four of his six starts, including surrendering five in Friday’s overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche on Friday.

For nearly every breathtaking save Bobrovsky makes, for every scrum in front of the net that he holds off — and there have been a slew of both early on this year — there seems to be an equal amount of frustrating minute-long stretches where the opposing team executes.

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Sergei Bobrovsky On Why He Left The Columbus Blue Jackets

from TSN,

Sergei Bobrovsky told Russia's Sport 24 that discord between him and Columbus Blue Jackets began after the team's first-round loss to the Washington Capitals in 2018 and he knew soon after that he would not sign an extension with the club.

There was no chance I'd sign an extension with (Columbus)," Bobrovsky said, per a translation by Sport-Express reporter Igor Eronko. "I felt I need another scenery. And it’s not just because of tensions with the (team)."...

"I was suspended by the team, there were some conflicts in the team, a lot of meetings and some of them just because of me," Bobrovsky explained to Sport 24. "I didn't feel comfortable. And still the Jackets tried and tried to extend me all season long."

The 30-year-old added that he believes he played his best hockey later in the season because the pressure of playing ahead of the trade deadline had worn off. He went 18-8 from the start of February and allowed just eight goals in the team's first-round sweep of the Presidents' Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning.

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Sergei Bobrovsky Lands In South Florida

from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of NHL.com,

Sergei Bobrovsky met with the Florida Panthers in a private room at a hotel by the beach during the NHL free agent interview period last week.

The sales pitch boiled down to this: Owner Vinnie Viola would spend to the NHL salary cap. The Panthers had a lot of good pieces. Hiring coach Joel Quenneville on April 8 was the first step toward the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and signing Bobrovsky, a two-time winner of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie, would be the next.

"He's a very, very serious guy and has a plan in place," general manager Dale Tallon said. "He liked what we told him.

"I think Coach Q was probably the clincher."...

The Panthers did not land forward Artemi Panarin, Bobrovsky's former Columbus Blue Jackets teammate, who agreed to a seven-year, $81.5 million contract with the New York Rangers even though he once played for Quenneville with the Chicago Blackhawks.

"That was very close," Tallon said. "It was very realistic. We interviewed him as well and had great talks. He had experience with Coach Q. I just think his heart was set on New York and a big market, and that was fine. We pursued it. We went hard after it."

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Video- Top ‘Bob’ Saves From Last Season

Just over 5 minutes to watch.

 

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‘Bob’s’ Playoffs

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The Columbus Blue Jackets are 10 wins away from a Stanley Cup, and no player has been more critical to their team success than goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

It is, in some ways, a funny redemption story. Bobrovsky has long been considered one of the league’s premier goaltenders, but he has routinely been on the receiving end of harsh criticism after most of Columbus’ postseason flameouts.

Some of that is understandable. Despite his consistent regular-season numbers, Bobrovsky’s playoff performance always paled in comparison. Perhaps no better example exists than Columbus’ first-round exit in 2016-17, where Bobrovsky­ – who had stopped 93.1 per cent of shots en route to the Vezina Trophy – had a miserable time against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Bobrovsky stopped just 88.2 per cent of shots, and his reputation as a playoff dud solidified.

The playoffs are all about micro-analyzing tiny samples of data and, unfortunately, that can take us down a dark path from time to time. It certainly did in the case of Bobrovsky. One of the league’s better goaltenders carried the reputation of a playoff choker on the basis of just 24 games.

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Decision Time Approaching For Artemi Panarin And Sergei Bobrovsky

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets have a nine-day break beginning Sunday. Amid this mini-vacation, left wing Artemi Panarin is supposed to meet with his agent to talk about what’s next. That is good of them. Jackets fans have been dying to find out....

Of Panarin, Kekalainen said, “I don’t want to drag the situation out too close to the deadline. Hopefully, we’ll have an answer in the near future. ... We’ll figure out things on our end and hopefully sit down with him and do something.”...

Should Panarin, 27, go on the block, he might be the most-coveted rental out there next month. He is an elite offensive talent. What could he fetch in return?...

There are many puzzle pieces — ages of players, wants and needs of teams, salary-cap considerations, overall market dynamics, etc. — to fit together in a deadline deal. Yet, if the Jackets feel they had to move Panarin next month, they should exact a relatively decent price in salvage — beginning with a first-round draft pick and a well-regarded prospect.

“Sometimes,” Kekalainen said, “you’re better off renting the player to yourself.”

As for Bobrovsky, he isn’t going anywhere at the deadline unless he supplies a list of teams to which he’ll accept a trade — or waives the no-movement clause in his contract. All is quiet on those fronts, but that could change.

We now know something about the “incident” that compelled Jackets management to suspend Bobrovsky for a game: Bob left the bench, showered and was dressed — maybe, he even left the arena — after he was pulled against the Tampa Bay Lightning last week.

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Team Issue With Sergei Bobrovsky

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Will Artemi Panarin And Sergei Bobrovsky Be Moved Sooner Than Later?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The best bet to get anything in return is to deal Panarin and Bobrovsky before the deadline, but do the Jackets really want to do that in the middle of a playoff race? Probably not, but if they want an example of how bad it can get if they don’t make a move, all they have to do is watch Tavares with the Leafs....

The reality is if the Jackets are going to move Panarin, 26, and Bobrovsky, 30, they may want to act quickly.

“If they want to get players back, they’d be better off to do it sooner rather than later,” the executive added.

Suddenly, the February deadline appears to be approaching quickly.

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Morning Line- Sergei Bobrovsky

via Brian Hedger tweets,

Sergei Bobrovsky on contract situation: "... after the last season, I told the situation to the management of the Blue Jackets, so they know everything. They know my plans for this season, they know my plans for the future, so they know everything."

Bobrovsky: "I’m a Blue Jacket for now. We have young team and I don’t want too much distraction around the locker room about our situation, or for my situation."

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Negotiations With High Profile UFAs In Columbus Going Nowhere

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Leading scorer Artemi Panarin and Vezina-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky are entering the final season of their contracts. There are no extensions in sight, for either of them, and thus training camp will begin with a pair of jumbo-sized question marks hanging over the franchise....

It’s just business.

Negotiations with Bread and Bob have been stalled for most of the summer. Either that changes, suddenly and surprisingly, or both players will become unrestricted free agents next summer.

And if that’s where this stuff is headed, it behooves the Jackets to salvage what they can by trading Bread and Bob rather than taking the risk of losing them for nothing. The New York Islanders lost All-Star center John Tavares for nothing two months ago. Nobody is saying, “Man, that was smart.”

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Columbus Blue Jackets Want To Extend Bobrovsky & Panarin, But…

from Tom Gulitti of NHL.com,

 Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky could be with the Columbus Blue Jackets for a long time or could be gone before the season starts, general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday.

Though a contract extension for the forward and goalie remain possible, Kekalainen wouldn't commit to either opening the season at the Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 4.

"I can't," Kekalainen said. "In this business, there's always talks between the general managers whether you've got pending free agents or not. We talk regularly. Sometimes there's trades. So I'm not speculating on them. I'm just saying we talk all the time, so I wouldn't say about any player whether they're a pending free agent or not that they'll be on our team in October because anything can happen between now and Oct. 3."

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Sergei Bobrovsky On His Season

frpm Brian Hedger of BlueJackets.com,

Monday night, however, the Jackets' top goalie let his feelings be known during a candid postgame media scrum, following another disappointing first-round exit for Columbus in a Game 6 loss to the Washington Capitals at Nationwide Arena.

"I can't control things around me," said Bobrovsky, who allowed five goals on 27 shots in Game 6, including back-to-back goals that broke the game open for the Capitals in the third period. "The only thing I can control, myself, you know? And after this season, I completely disagree if anybody will say that I need a psychologist, you know?"

It was a jarring statement to the media huddled around him, especially coming from "Bob," the guy who usually just refers to his system and the process he uses to make some of the most incredible saves you'll ever see.

Who said anything about a psychologist?

Answer: nobody, this year....

http://"I think that, yeah, as I say, I think I play strong overall, whole season, so I was consistent," he replied. "I was good in the playoffs. Definitely, I could be better, but we still lose, you know? But I did what I could. I work hard. I battle hard. And I thought I gave a chance [for] my team to win, every night actually."

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Will A Sports Psychologist Help Sergei Bobrovsky?

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

This is the week most Blue Jackets players will get started on offseason workout routines. It has been more than three weeks since they were bumped from the first round of the playoffs by the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the loins and ligaments are rested and healed.

Last summer was transformative for many players, especially goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who arrived in the fall looking less like a wrestler and more like a jockey.

Bobrovsky lost 17 pounds from his 199-pound frame, a stunning drop of body mass for a well-conditioned professional athlete. But the weight he needs to drop this summer — it’s between his ears — might prove more difficult to lose.

When the Blue Jackets went their separate ways shortly after being ousted by the Penguins, management, coaches and Bobrovsky agreed that his struggles during the playoffs were mental. In five games, he had an .882 save percentage and 3.88 goals-against average.

In his exit meetings with management, Bobrovsky was said to be receptive to the idea of working with a sports psychologist or doing other types of mental training to get over his struggles.

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Give the Hart To ‘Bob’

from Gary Lawless of TSN,

Break out the Jay Onrait clips. Bobrovsky is neither off the case nor a disgrace to the department. To the contrary, he should win the Hart Memorial Trophy for his work this season.

The fine print says the Hart is awarded to the player judged to be most valuable to his team. But just as much that, in reality, this is an award for the best player in the NHL in any given season. This year, that’s Sergei Bobrovsky.

No other player has been as important to his team and its results as Bobrovsky has to the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Take Bobrovsky off the C-bus and it’s not necessarily in the ditch but it isn’t nipping at the Capitals for the league lead. John Tortorella is having a fine season behind the Blue Jackets’ bench, but his greatest act of coaching every night is filling out the lineup card with Bobrovsky as his starter. Torts should bronze the pen he’s been using this season. 

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Hot Bobrovsky

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Bob is on fire. This was his third consecutive shutout. He has gone 179 minutes, 29 seconds without allowing a goal. It's the second-longest streak of its kind behind Devan Dubnyk, who earlier this season went 183:16 without letting a biscuit in his basket.

The Blue Jackets' franchise record: Steve Mason, before he was ground down, had a shutout streak of 199:19 in 2008-09, his rookie season.

"(Bobrovsky) made two or three really good saves there (in the first)," coach John Tortorella said. "I don't think we gave up a lot of chances during the game, but the timing of his saves has been very important for us."

Bobrovsky shrugged.

"I just try to stay focused, as usual, and help as much as I can," he said.

He looks and carries himself like a kid who grew up across the street from Beaver Cleaver. It's genuine. He comes from a place — Novokuznetsk, in southern Siberia — where the rivers still freeze in the winter. His goaltending idol? It was not Vladislav Tretiak, who Bobrovsky resembles in stature and athleticism. No, Bob followed the local guy he was able to see live, Vadim Tarasov.

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Sergei Bobrovsky On Pace To Play Around 72 Games

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

A month ago, Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella said he planned to keep Sergei Bobrovsky’s number of starts to a manageable 58 to 60 this season. 

Asked Monday if a goaltender who’s started all but two of 19 games could stay in the target range, Tortorella responded: “It’s doable.” Informed it would mean limiting his puck-stopping workhorse to roughly two of every three remaining games, the coach declared war on arithmetic. 

“I don’t do the math . . . I’m not a numbers guy,” he said. 

The good news for Tortorella and the Blue Jackets (11-5-4) is the goaltending “numbers” have been strong. The club ranks sixth in goals against average (2.27) and Bobrovsky’s statistics (2.15 GAA, .929 save percentage) are in line with his Vezina Trophy-winning season in 2013-14. 

He’s also on pace to play about 72 games, which seems like an unsustainable pace for a goalie with a history of groin injuries and one who has never started more than 57 games. 

“Bob is our No. 1 goalie and we’re going to monitor the situation very close . . . to make sure we don’t overload him or overwork him,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “But he’s going to play most of our games no matter who our backup is.” 

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Sergei Bobrovsky Hopes Weight Loss Will Eliminate Groin Injuries

from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

Sergei Bobrovsky said in the offseason he lost “eight kilos,” which for the metrically impaired translates to 17 pounds.

The Blue Jackets’ fitness fanatic wasn’t close to overweight. But in an effort to curb his rash of groin injuries, the goaltender chose to reduce the muscle mass he had built over the past few years.

“That was one of the purposes coming into the season,” he said Wednesday. “I feel good now. We’ll see.”

The club is yet to release the official weights of players – Bobrovsky was listed at 6-foot-2, 199 pounds in the spring – but coach John Tortorella acknowledged the goalie is one of several Blue Jackets to shed significant pounds. Winger Nick Foligno and defenseman Dalton Prout are among others who will look leaner in the team photo.

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Sergei Bobrovsky Injured Again

from Shawn Mitchell of the Columbus Dispatch,

According to the team, Bobrovsky departed because of a lower-body injury, suffered just five periods into his return from a groin injury initially suffered on Dec. 8. It was Bobrovsky’s third groin strain in as many seasons.

Whether he suffered a fourth was not immediately clear.

Coach John Tortorella declined to “speculate” on Bobrovsky’s status after the game.

“I don’t have an update because I haven’t talked to the doctor,” Tortorella said. “I’m not a doctor, so there is no sense in me discussing it.”

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said only that more would be known about Bobrovsky’s injury on Friday.

But another injury of any sort to Bobrovsky is yet another big blow to the beleaguered Blue Jackets. No. 2 goalie Curtis McElhinney (ankle) remains out and is not expected to begin skating until after the All-Star break.

Bobrovsky missed 17 straight games before returning on Tuesday.

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Segei Bobrovsky Likely To Miss Three Weeks With Injury

via Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is expected to miss three weeks with a lower body injury suffered in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings. Bobrovsky left the game w 5:35 remaining.

Curtis McElhinney becomes the Blue Jackets' starter through the rest of December, beginning Thursday in Winnipeg.

More to follow.

added 7:16pm, from Rob Mixer of the Blue Jackets website,

Bobrovsky, who left Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Kings with 5:35 left in regulation, was to be re-evaluated by team medical personnel today. It was determined, after said evaluation, that Bobrovsky will miss three weeks with a lower body injury, GM Jarmo Kekalainen said tonight.

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Videos- Sergei Bobrovsky Injured In Blue Jackets Loss To The Kings

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

It was hard to watch the Blue Jackets play last night against the Los Angeles Kings without wondering how ugly the score would have been – 5-1? 6-1? 8-1? – if not for the wizardry of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.

With 5:35 remaining, when Bobrovsky left the game with an apparent upper-body injury, the rest of the Blue Jackets got what they deserved.

The Kings, facing backup Curtis McElhinney, scored an extra-attacker goal w 1:27 remaining to force overtime (Jeff Carter), then ended it with 26.5 seconds remaining in 3-on-3 play (Alec Martinez), claiming a well-earned 3-2 win before 15,633 in Nationwide Arena.

Bobrovsky will be evaluated today. So too, yet again, will the Blue Jackets’ character, heart, willpower, etc., all those high-quality hockey traits that seem to come and go with stunning regularity in Columbus.

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Custance: Ryan Murray, not Sergei Bobrovsky, is the Blue Jackets’ ‘most important player’

ESPN's Craig Custance continues his survey of the NHL's 30 teams' "best players" by examining the Columbus Blue Jackets' franchise player today:

Blue Jackets' Most Important Player: Ryan Murray, Defenseman

It’s no secret that the Columbus Blue Jackets will likely be toast if goalie Sergei Bobrovsky isn’t healthy all season and playing to his high standard. So let’s get that out of the way first.

Assuming Bobrovsky reaches those expectations, the ceiling for this Blue Jackets team is excitingly high for a franchise that is still looking for its first playoff series win. The development and health of defenseman Ryan Murray will dictate just how high that ceiling is this season.

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen has built the forward group into one of the deepest in the East, with the addition of Brandon Saad making a solid group potentially great. He inherited a franchise goalie in Bobrovsky from former GM Scott Howson.

The defense? Well, that’s a work in progress. As it stands, the bluelines of division rivals New York Rangers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Islanders and Washington Capitals are deeper and more talented. Even landing one of the veteran free agent defensemen stragglers won’t change that.

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Feeling Bad For Sergei Bobrovsky

from Micael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Some All-Stars, such as Sidney Crosby, suddenly get injured. Others, such as Brian Elliott, have no problem leaving a Caribbean isle when the call comes. The vast majority show up, do their bit for the sponsors, fill up recycling bins with plastic cups at the player draft and generally make a good time of it.

And then there is Sergei Bobrovsky. This game meant more to him than the Columbus Chamber of Commerce, or all of Latvia.

Bobrovsky was to make his first All-Star appearance Sunday night at Nationwide Arena, his building. Rarely do stars align like this for any player, anywhere. Never will they again for Bobrovsky. 

Bobrovsky’s father flew in from Siberia to witness another crowning moment for a son whose first set of pads were homemade. It was all so perfect. And everyone knew how it would end, with Nick Foligno throwing a bear hug on Bob in front of a standing-room crowd and an international television audience. 

It is not to be. A day before the All-Star break, Bobrovsky suffered an injured groin. He is a scratch — for another month, at least. There went the weekend.

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Bobrovsky injured during Jets game

This might make the All-Star Game's goaltending situation...interesting:

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A Contract Extension For Sergei Bobrovsky In Columbus

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

Bobrovsky, 26, has gone 68-41-13 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 123 games with Columbus since the 2012-13 season. He is 110-64-23 with a 2.50 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 206 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.

“A common thread of every successful team in our league is outstanding goaltending and we believe we have one of the best at the position in the world in Sergei Bobrovsky,” said Kekalainen. “He is a tremendous person and a very talented player whose work ethic sets the tone for our team. We are very happy to have him signed for the next four years.”

“This is a very exciting day for me and I am very happy knowing that I will continue to be a Columbus Blue Jacket and be able to play with the guys in this room, to work to get better every day and help the team achieve our goals together,” said Bobrovsky.

 

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Sergei Bobrovsky And Steve Mason Not Only Changed Teams, But Style Too

from Kevin Woodley at NHL.com,

It could not have been easy for Philadelphia Flyers fans to see goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky hoist the 2013 Vezina Trophy one year after being traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets. There was no need, however, to rekindle any angst when Bobrovsky was named NHL Second Star of the Week heading into a game against the Flyers on Tuesday.

Bobrovsky would be the first to remind fans still upset by his departure that the goalie Philadelphia traded is not the same one now stopping pucks and winning awards in Columbus. He has made significant technical and tactical adjustments since leaving.

"I would say it's two different goalies right now comparing me in Philly and right now in Columbus," Bobrovsky told NHL.com. "I changed my style a lot. Mentally, physically, technically, all those things have changed here."

If that story sounds familiar to Philadelphia fans, it's because the Flyers' current goalie, Steve Mason, has undergone a similar transformation since arriving from Columbus in April 2013.

Like Bobrovksy, Mason has benefitted from tactical changes since joining a new team. In addition to easing the pain of losing Bobrovsky, Mason's resurgence in Philadelphia is another reminder that one style does not fit all when it comes to NHL goaltending.

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Video- Sergei Bobrovsky With The Bad Goal Of The Night

The Blue Jackets lost 4-3 in a shootout.

 

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Sergei Bobrovsky Goes On IR With Fractured Finger

COLUMBUS, OHIO - The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on Injured Reserve and added goaltender Anton Forsberg to the roster on emergency recall from the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.

Bobrovsky suffered a fractured finger when he was struck by a puck in practice on Monday and is expected to miss one to two weeks. He is 4-4-0 with a 2.81 goals-against average and .908 save percentage in eight games this season. The 2013 Vezina Trophy winner has appeared in 187 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers, going 99-58-21 with a 2.47 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and nine shutouts. The 26-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia went 32-20-5 with a 2.38 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 2013-14.

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So the Blue Jackets won a playoff game…

"For serious," Columbus defeated Pittsburgh 4-3 in double overtime, tying the teams' first-round series at one--and the Blue Jackets rallied from a 3-1 deficit en route to their first playoff win:

Matt Calvert had 2 goals, David Savard had 2 assists, as Don Cherry pointed out, Brandon Dubinsky had 9 shots and 8 hits, and both goaltenders were stellar--Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 41 of 44 and Sergei Bobrovsky(!) stopped 39 of 42 in his victory.

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Team USA and Russia will tangle with Quick and Bobrovsky in net, Putin in the house

A few notes ahead of this morning's U.S.-Russia game (7:30 AM EST, CBC/NBCSN):

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Videos- Highlight Glove Saves Last Night

First Sergei Bobrovsky with the great save last night against the Ducks...

 

Pluse Eddie Lack stops Darren Helm twice on the play, the second save is a reverse glove save, watch below...

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Bobrovsky Out 4-5 Weeks With Groin Strain

Watch how Bobrovsky was injured here.

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Video- Bobrovsky Leaves Game With Lower-Body Injury

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky had made 18 saves and was trending toward his second shutout of the season. But at 4:13 of the third, he used his glove to snuff out a J.T. Brown breakaway, then toppled to the ice and stayed there, flat on his belly.

Roar. Then … gulp.

Bobrovsky was helped off the ice by two teammates, putting no weight on his left leg. An MRI awaits on Wednesday.

“Obviously it was a leg injury, and when he comes out like that you’re a bit unsure,” Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards said. “I don’t know if we’ll have an answer today, but within the next few days we’ll have a better idea (of how serious it is).”

The Blue Jackets are not commenting further. Neither are those in Bobrovsky’s camp.

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Bobrovsky Finds A Home

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

He remains the quiet type, but not as painfully so. His English is improved, which is important to a man who strives to be perfectly understood. All in all, he comes across as … what?

There is something different in his bearing, in his eyes.

It has something to do with the Vezina. “It inspires me more,” Bobrovsky said. “It gives me more confidence. It makes me want more and more. It makes me want to win another one, and win with the team that gave me the confidence.”

He has a team now. He has the Blue Jackets. Finally....

The story took yet another twist in May, when Bobrovsky joined the Russian national team at the world championships in Sweden. There, Bobrovsky found out he was not starting. Bryzgalov was.

Bobrovsky abruptly left Sweden. How far did he go to get away? He and his wife flew to Fiji.

“What can I do? I look forward,” he said.

Where? Bobrovsky was a free agent, and he was being pulled from two different continents.

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Report- Bobrovsky Was Offered $10M To Play For SKA In KHL

via RSport,

Contract negotiations with SKA St. Petersburg intended to draw Vezina-winning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky away from Columbus Blue Jackets were going on at a “high level” this offseason, the player has told R-Sport.

SKA, one of the Russia-based KHL’s wealthiest teams, reportedly offered the 24-year-old netminder $10 million per season before he became a restricted free agent in early July. Bobrovsky, whose 21-11 record and 2.00 goals against average last season earned him the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender, eventually signed a two-year deal with Columbus on July 1.

Still, the Novokuznetsk native, who starred for SKA during last season’s NHL lockout, told R-Sport at Russia’s Olympic national team orientation camp over the weekend negotiations to return to St. Petersburg had been rolling forward.

“Basically, the negotiation process was moving along, and at a high level,” he said, noting, however, that the NHL was the best career option “by far.”

While SKA’s package was never confirmed, team executive Alexander Medvedev, who is also league president, said in June it was “an excellent offer.”

Bobrovsky said money was not the sole determining factor in his decision to return to small-market Columbus, which had the NHL's seventh-lowest payroll last season.

“Of course, money plays a big role in my life, but my decisions don’t come together just for the money,” he said.

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Will Bobrovsky Have Another ‘Career’ Year?

from Paul Grant of ESPN,

Short-season mojo: Bobrovsky stood tall against the barrage long enough that he outlasted a lame-duck GM (who brought him in, but, still) who was replaced by a forward-thinker who put some decent players on the ice. All told in 38 games, Bobrovsky finished second in the NHL with a .932 save percentage and fifth with a 2.00 goals-against average. He went 21-11-6 and won the Vezina Trophy. Not a bad rebound, huh? The Blue Jackets narrowly missed the playoffs, but Bobrovsky established himself as a stopper to be reckoned with. 

Why it will be tough to repeat: Or did he? We're turning it up a notch here, people, in 2013-14. Ready? Here goes: the Blue Jackets are now in the Metrosexual or something Division, which includes the Flyers (whoops!), Penguins and Capitals, the latter two teams that have a tad more offense than the Nashville Predators.

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Bobrovsky Officially Staying With The Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, OHIO The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension through the 2014-15 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today.  As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.

“Re-signing Sergei Bobrovsky was a top priority for our organization and once again ownership has given us the resources to build a winning team.  Bob is a terrific player and an outstanding young man with a work ethic that is second to none and was a well-deserved winner of the Vezina Trophy this season as the NHL’s top goaltender,” said Kekalainen. “He was a big part of the progress we made last season and we expect him to play an important role in the growth of our team.  With the signings of Bob and Artem Anisimov, as well as the addition of the players we selected in the draft, we feel very strongly about the direction our organization is headed and we’ll continue to work in the days, weeks and months ahead to move our team forward.”

 

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Blue Jackets Have A Two-Year Deal In Place With Bobrovsky

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Bobrovsky Now Close To Signing With Columbus

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Bobrovsky Contract Talks Are Not Progessing

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

It's looking increasingly likely that the Blue Jackets and goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will reach July 1 (Monday) without a new contract for the Vezina Trophy winner. For that matter, it could drag into free agency on July 5, too.

Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen and Bobrovsky's agent, Paul Theofanous, met Wednesday in New York and had a phone conversation this morning. All indications are that no progress is being made, that the process may have even headed backward this morning.

There are no plans, as of now, to meet again.

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What Will RFA Bobrovsky Do?

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-Rakers,

The Jackets have reportedly talked with the Calgary Flames seeking permission to speak with Miikka Kiprusoff, hoping to talk him out of retirement. Are they preparing for life without Bobrovsky? Or just trying to spur Bobrovsky into signing and keeping his spot in Columbus?

Kekalainen said he "won't respond to speculation," which doesn't exactly deny the report. Sportsnet's Nick Kypreos had it first, and he's very trustworthy.

On this goes, with no end in sight. Bobrovsky is armed with leverage; the Blue Jackets, with the Kiprusoff move, may be trying to gain some of their own. Bobrovsky can negotiate with KHL teams beginning July 1. He can negotiate with other NHL clubs, as a restricted free agent, on July 5.

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The Waiting Game Continues With Bobrovsky

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Negotiations between Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen and Bobrovsky’s agent, Paul Theofanous, have not gained traction. There is good reason for this: Theofanous wants to wait, and it behooves him to do so.

Bobrovsky will be worth more if he wins the Vezina and/or receives an offer sheet from another team and/or receives an offer from SKA St. Petersburg — which might be offering something in the range of $10 million annually.

Bobrovsky is just 24 years old and coming out of his first contract, but he is set up to get a third-contract payday. All he has to do is sit tight past July 5 and the market will do the rest.

Is there a chance that the money will be too big to resist in St. Petersburg? That question is best answered with another: How strong is Bobrovsky’s desire to play anywhere other than the best league in the world? Considering the way he is wired, his preference is to remain in the NHL, even if he is a bit lighter in the wallet. It is as not as if he will be a pauper if he retains his Blue Jackets jersey.

Bobrovsky will be a Jacket if he stays over here. Kekalainen is on record: Whatever any other team tenders to his restricted free agent, the Blue Jackets will match it. That’s good news for the team’s fans. It means ownership is willing to pony up for a potential franchise cornerstone. It would be the wise move, especially if Bobrovsky is among that rare breed — a bona fide No. 1 goaltender.

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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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Video- The Year Of Sergei Bobrovsky

Vezina and possibly Hart Trophy candidate Sergei Bobrovsky with his top 10 saves.

 

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Video- On Hot Goalie

Sergei Bobrovsky with an incredible save on Dave Bolland in OT tonight.

Blackhawks did win in the SO 2-1 but 'Bob' remained hot, stopping 39 shots.

 

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Did The Flyers Trade The Wrong Goalie?

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Steet Bull,

When general manager Paul Holmgren sent backup goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to Columbus for three draft picks last June, not many eyebrows were raised. Bobrovsky had seen little time behind Ilya Bryzgalov.

But with the strike-shortened season more than halfway over, Bobrovsky has emerged as the NHL’s hottest goaltender.

On Monday, the 24-year-old Russian was named the league’s top star of the week after going 4-0 with a 0.77 goals-against average and .972 save percentage.

The Flyers received second- (promising goalie Anthony Stolarz) and fourth-round (left winger Taylor Leier) draft selections last June for Bobrovsky. They also acquired a fourth-rounder in the 2013 draft.

Bobrovsky, known for his quick post-to-post moves, has an 8-6-3 record with a 2.27 goals-against average and .919 save percentage.

Bryzgalov, 32, is 12-11-1 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .899 save percentage.

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We May Have A Trade

via Darren Dreger tweet,

Hearing Bobrovsky to Columbus for draft picks. Working on details.

added 12:30pm

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

Have confirmed @DarrenDreger report of #CBJ trade for G Sergei Bobrovsky. Three draft picks going to Flyers, including No. 45 this year

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added 1:32 PM: According to the Columbus Dispatch’s Portzline, the Blue Jackets may stick with “Bob” and Steve Mason as their goalies going forward:

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#FF: Flyer Friday - The Hurricane Edition


Welcome to the Hurricane Irene edition of Flyer Friday, or #FF for you twitter freaks (shameless twitter pimp). This week I’ll cover a whirlwind of Flyers news with the eye of the storm focusing on some topics within crease (last of the hurricane jokes, I swear).

It’s Friday so the business close have been left at home. Let’s wind down, shall we?

 

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The Case for Number One in Goal

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Determining a first overall pick in this year’s fantasy hockey drafts is anything but easy, but we probably know this much: the first overall pick won’t be a goalie. Yet a goalie is an important investment to fantasy hockey teams, since only two goalies can be responsible for four out of a team’s ten stat categories in many fantasy hockey leagues. The need for solid goaltending explains why many starting goalies can fly off the board early in fantasy hockey drafts.

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Flyers Aim to Move Bobrovsky

From Frank Seravalli at Philly News:

While rosters have begun to fill out since free agency commenced on July 1, just because Bobrovsky is here now does not mean he will remain the Flyers’ backup come Opening Night on Oct. 6.

Why?

The Flyers will continue to look to move him if the price is right. Bobrovsky, with a $1.75 million salary next season, will become the second-highest paid backup in the NHL on a team that usually spends to the limit.

Bryzgalov, who hasn’t played fewer than 65 games in each of the last three seasons, is a workhorse. While few say Bryzgalov would be a bad mentor for his fellow Russian, Bobrovsky would be cut from 60 appearances last season (including playoffs) to nearly 20 next season. Few experts would go out on a limb and say that would not stunt Bobrovsky’s development.

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*thanks to a KK reader for the link

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Flyers Have Boucher Starting, Leighton as Backup

From Philly.com Sports:

Brian Boucher is the Flyers’ Game 3 starting goalie in Buffalo, as Flyers coach Peter Laviolette announced after the team’s morning skate at HSBC Arena.

“I thought Brian came in and the last couple times has done a really nice job for us,” Laviolette said. “He’s on top of his game and in charge of his net. He’s bailed us out of a couple situations. He deserves to go in there and play.”

In a stunning turn of events, Sergei Bobrovsky, the starter in Games 1 and 2, has been relegated to a chair in the middle of the Flyers’ locker room. Bobrovsky was yanked 12 minutes into Saturday’s Game 2 when he allowed 3 goals on just 7 shots.

That likely means that Michael Leighton, who not only accompanied the Flyers to Buffalo but also had his own locker stall and took the bulk of the shots in Monday’s brief skate, will be Boucher’s back-up.

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