The writing appears to be on the wall in terms of Sergei Bobrovsky’s future with the Columbus Blue Jackets, although it remains to be seen where the veteran goaltender might end up.
Pierre LeBrun had a Tuesday evening radio hit on Montreal’s TSN 690, and was asked to take a stab at a potential destination for the 30-year-old netminder.
“Well, it’s hard for me not to think Lou Lamoriello wouldn’t look into it,” noted LeBrun. “Although it’d probably make more sense for Lamoriello to wait until July 1 to try and sign him.
“I just think that if you look at some of Lou’s oldest moves as a GM over his 30-plus years, it’s been to make sure that he solidifies his goaltending. Whether it’s making the draft day deal that he made way back when to get Marty Brodeur and making sure Calgary got Trevor Kidd, for example. Whether it’s trading for Cory Schneider, again at the draft years ago. Whether it was coming to Toronto and in one of his very first moves as GM trading for Frederik Anderson from Anaheim. He likes his rock in goal. Hopefully it’s Robin Lehner, but we’ll have to see how Robin Lehner rebounds this year as an NHL goalie, and in his first year on Long Island. But he only signed a one-year deal.
“I think Bobrovsky on Long Island would make a lot of sense. The Islanders certainly would have the cap room.
“Another team - and whereas I’ve heard some whispers and some rumblings when it comes to the Islanders angle, this one is purely top of my head. No one has brought this to my attention, but it’s just something I look at that would make sense. If Jake Allen doesn’t firm up his game, does St. Louis look at that.
“I don’t know even the kind of money that Bobrovsky will command, if that makes sense for St. Louis; but again, I’m just trying to give you another potential idea there.”
Bobrovsky is in the final season of his four-year, $29.7 million contract, which contains a no-move clause, and has given no indication that he’s willing to sign a contract extension with the Blue Jackets anytime soon.
He can become an unrestricted free agent in July.
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