Sergei Bobrovsky will likely be tending net for another team next season, but the odds may be slim the goaltender will be moved before February 25.
Darren Dreger had a Wednesday evening TV hit on NBCSN, and was asked what kind of appetite there might be from the Columbus Blue Jackets to trade the pending unrestricted free agent.
“I would say very little from the Columbus Blue Jackets’ perspective because of where they’re positioned in the standings, and the fact that they believe they are a contending team,” said Dreger. “It wouldn’t make any sense whatsoever to move out a piece like Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina winner, a guy who gives you a chance to contend for that Stanley Cup.
“Now, the only way that this changes and Jarmo Kekalainen is forced to consider trading Bobrovsky is if Bobrovsky comes forward and says, ‘Alright, I’ve had enough of Columbus and I want out.’ He has the no-move clause. ‘Here’s my list of teams that I’m willing to be traded to.’
“Now, there was some talk of that in the offseason, but there were multiple conditions - at least that’s my understanding - that would have had to have been observed. I think that Sergei Bobrovsky wants to win. I think he’s committed - at least in-season - to the Columbus Blue Jackets.
“So unless something significant changes between now and the deadline, I don’t see him going anywhere.”
Bobrovsky is in the final season of a four-year, $29.7 million contract and, as Dreger alluded, the pact contains no-move protection.
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