Bobrovsky Dealt to Blue Jackets.

Bobrovsky dealt to Blue Jackets.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Blue Jackets have dealt three draft picks, one of which is the 45th overall, to the Philadelphia Flyers for goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. TSN’s Bob McKenzie also report the other two picks are fourth rounders.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The immediate reaction to this trade among pundits and bloggers is surprise, and not the good kind. Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson is being criticized for taking on Bobrovsky, whose stats (14-10-2  .899 save percentage and a 3.02 goals-against average) were among the league’s worst this season. To be fair, Bobrovsky showed considerable promise last season in his rookie year (28-13-8 with a .915 save percentage and 2.59 goals-against), and Howson is betting he’ll regain his form in Columbus, where he’s likely to get the opportunity to prove himself an NHL starter. Given the lack of decent goalie options available via trade and free agency, Howson felt this was the only worthwhile one to be had. Time will tell if he’s right. It also raises the question over Steve Mason’s future with the club, if he’ll be retained for another season to fight for his starter’s job, or cut loose this summer.


  1. I’m not sure if Luongo would have ever waived to go to CBJ but I honestly can’t see Bobrovsky as being quite the #1 they were looking for. Not to sound too harsh but I think Howson’s days as GM are severely limited.

  2. 3 picks for a backup, including a 2nd rounder? How does Howson have a GM job?

  3. I think it’s a decent move. Watched philly a bit a couple of seasons ago and bob were good or better most of the times. I think you would’ve considerd bob as a good 2nd round pick. 4th rounders has also low successrate in the NHL.

  4. Lindback deal looks better and better.

  5. I think Howson brought Bob in so that he and mason can push each other and maybe one of them will emerge and play a solid game. Its a gamble. Not a huge one though.