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.