Flames fans looking for an upgrade between the pipes can likely cross Sergei Bobrovsky off the list of potential solutions.
Elliotte Friedman had a Friday morning radio hit on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960, and as part of a larger discussion on the struggles of Mike Smith and which goaltenders might be available as potential trade options, the Insider was asked about Bobrovsky.
“I don’t think he’s coming to Calgary,” indicated Friedman. “He has control. He has a no-move clause. I have reported that it’s believed that he’s given them a list of places that he’s willing to go, and I don’t think Calgary is on that list. That’s my guess.”
Smith is in the final season of his six-year, $34 million contract.
Bobrovsky is in the last year of his four-year, $29.7 million pact with the Columbus Blue Jackets, a team with which he does not appear to be inclined to re-sign.
As Friedman noted, Bobrovsky has a no-move clause in his contract and will be in the driver’s seat concerning any potential trade destination, should Jarmo Kekalainen decide not to keep his veteran goaltender for a potential playoff run this spring.
Bobrovsky can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.
Contract-related info via CapFriendly