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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.
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.
Vezina and possibly Hart Trophy candidate Sergei Bobrovsky with his top 10 saves.
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.
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.
via Darren Dreger tweet,
Hearing Bobrovsky to Columbus for draft picks. Working on details.
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
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:
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?
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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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.
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.
*thanks to a KK reader for the link
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.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
My ballot has yet to be filled out. Votes like these should be taken seriously. As such, I will wait until the last possible moment, to fully digest the complete regular season for each player - and judge based on the whole and not its parts.
That’s why I’m leaning toward the Flyers’ Sergei Bobrovsky as my third Calder finalist and not Crawford or Neuvirth.
Statistically, all three goaltenders are close. Crawford quickly supplanted Marty Turco for the Blackhawks’ starting job. He has a 31-17-5 record in 51 starts with a .918 save percentage and 2.27 goals-against average.
Neuvirth is 26-11-4 with a .914 save percentage and a less-impressive 2.50 GAA.
For me, the case for Bobrovsky is simple. He didn’t even land in North America until August. Few knew his name, let alone what to expect from him. Bobrovsky hadn’t even played a single game in a North American-style rink until a rookie game against Washington in September.
Bobrovsky, 22, went from the worst team in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League to one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Now, he is leading the Flyers into the Stanley Cup playoffs as their starter apparent - and he has won over a fan base that places more pressure on their goaltending than any city outside of Montreal.
from Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer,
Bobrovsky, 22, got just his third start in nine games Friday in a 5-2 loss to Anaheim. He has a 15-6-3 record, a 2.57 goals-against average, and .915 save percentage.
From here, the Flyers are treading dangerous territory. If they continue to play Bobrovsky sparingly, you wonder if he will stop believing in himself.
“It’s always a concern,” goalie coach Jeff Reese said. “. . . He’s a young goalie who is finding himself, and there will be bumps in the road. It’s a learning process, and that’s what he’s going through now. Everybody goes through it.”
They do, but for Bobrovsky, who is alone in a new country, not playing much has to be extra difficult. The rink is his sanctuary. The kid is so focused, so diligent about working longer than anyone.
In short, he needs to be playing. A lot.
from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,
Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will make his 12th straight start Thursday when the Flyers play host to shorthanded Tampa Bay. It will be his 16th start in 20 games, putting him on pace to play 66 of the 82 regular-season games.
After Thursday, the Flyers next two games are against elite Eastern Conference teams, Washington and Montreal. Based on coach Peter Laviolette’s past, Bobrovsky figures to start those games, too.
Bobrovsky is 22 and in great physical shape. He should not have a problem starting 60-some games this season. But allowing him to start 14 straight _ assuming he also starts against Washington and Montreal _ is a bit much. He has never played more than 35 games in any of his pro seasons in Russia.
It says here it’s good to rest a goalie for the mental fatigue as much as for the physical factors _ and the fear of wearing him down.
Give the kid a day off. Let him relax and unwind. Then start him the next six or seven in a row.
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
Years of bad goaltending decisions may have finally come to an end in Philadelphia, where the Flyers now have 22-year-old Sergei Bobrovsky (of the Novokuznetsk, Russia, Bobrovskys) saving their cheese steak on a nightly basis. In the dressing room, he goes by “Bob.’’ And when he makes a big save at the Wells Fargo Center, a loud “B-o-o-o-o-b-b-b-b-b-b-!’’ bellows over the PA. The event-entertainment folks clipped it from the 1991 movie “What About Bob?’’ featuring Richard Dreyfuss and Bill Murray. Bobrovsky sure looks like the real deal. The Flyers had the Panthers in town last night, and Bob stood an impressive 9-2-1 with a 2.09 goals-against mark and .931 save percentage. He signed as a free agent over the summer, a deal that will pay him a total of $5.25 million over three years.
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Russian rookie Sergei Bobrovsky is surprising many with his play in the NHL for Philadelphia Flyers. In this interview with the press club of his former team, Metallurg Novokuznetsk, Bobrovsky talked about his new life in Philadelphia, about the sensations of the first game and about his mask.
RussianHockeyFans.com offers you a translation:
How are you doing with the English language?
Bobrovsky: “I wouldn’t say that I have big problems with it. I get what they say me, but it’s hard to talk myself. My team mates are good guys, there is a great atmosphere. In such an environment I don’t feel myself out of place because of the language. I arrived three weeks before the training camp’s start and they assigned an English teacher to me and I studied almost every day. Now that the games are started there is no free time and I cope with the language myself. I have to go nowhere, all the people around me talk in English!”
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
Enter Sergei Bobrovsky, a complete unknown with big question marks, who has left fans wondering if he is the next great goaltender to emerge from Russia.
Bobrovsky, 22, went undrafted because of a complex KHL-to-NHL transfer agreement that left some of Russia’s top talent uncharted for fear that a draft pick might be wasted on a player who more than likely never will make it to North America.
Bobrovsky is faster post-to-post than one of Emery’s Lamborghinis, has a great feel for shots, and never quits on a puck.
What could set Bobrovsky apart - from Emery, Antero Niittymaki, Roman Cechmanek and all others who have tried to be the “next one” - could be what resides between his ears.
He does not bat an eye at pressure.
from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,
The statistics are far from surprising.
Last month, in a survey conducted on Philly.com, 75 percent of Flyers fans listed goaltending as their biggest area of concern for the upcoming season - not the forwards, defense, or even the usual suspects like management and coaching.
Flyers fans have been clamoring for a goaltender since, well, Ron Hextall. Or even Pelle Lindbergh, who tragically passed away almost 25 years ago.
Sergei Bobrovsky, a 22-year-old Russian, is poised to be the next big name.
“Could Bobrovsky make this team out of training camp? Without a doubt,” one Flyers team source told the Daily News. “He has a lot of work to do. But I can guarantee he will be competitive.”