Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

January 9th, 2015 by Adam Wells Leave a reply »

The Columbus Blue Jackets have taken steps to secure their long-term future at the goaltending position by reportedly signing Sergei Bobrovsky to an extension.

According to Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch, Bobrovsky has received a four-year contract extension worth just under $30 million:

As noted by ESPN's Pierre LeBrun, the extension saves the Blue Jackets a lot of headaches that would have taken place with Bobrovsky over the next two years:

The 26-year-old Bobrovsky has been a standout since being traded to Columbus in 2012. He has allowed an average of 2.34 goals in 123 games with the Blue Jackets and won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie following the 2013 season.

There seemed to be some tense times at the negotiating table, as Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen told LeBrun in November that the team made a fair offer to Bobrovsky.

"We love Bob, we want to obviously keep him," Kekalainen said. "We made a fair offer in our opinion and it didn’t go anywhere. We’ll keep after it. He’s an incredibly hard-working ...

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