COLUMBUS DISPATCH: Aaron Portzline reports the Columbus Blue Jackets have reached a deal in principle with goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky on a two-year contract. Portzline reports the deal could be finalized tonight.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: Bobrovsky reportedly received a big money offer from the KHL thought to be worth $10 million per season. It’ll be interesting to see how much he gets from the Blue Jackets, but it’s believed to around $6 million per season. He’s willing to take considerably less to play in the NHL.
For the Jackets, the tenure is a good one, for while Bobrovsky will net a substantial raise, they won’t be potentially handcuffing themselves if he should struggle to maintain his Vezina-winning form. It’s also a “show me” contract, as Bobrovsky now has to prove this past season wasn’t a fluke. If it wasn’t, he’ll net a much heftier raise when this deal expires.
With this out of the way, the Jackets can focus on addressing other areas of their roster this summer in hopes of building off of their late momentum this season.