(COLUMBUS, Ohio) — As the Columbus Blue Jackets continue to ascend in the NHL, they’ve locked up goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year deal.
“I’m very happy to be a Columbus Blue Jacket,” Bobrovsky said. “My wife (Olga) and I really like Columbus and the fans have been very nice to us and supportive of the team. I’m looking forward to the season and woring with my teammates to help us to our goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”
The 24-year-old Bobrovsky flourished in his first season in Columbus. He won the coveted Vezina Trophy, which is rewarded to the best goalie in the NHL. This past season, Bobrovsky was 21-11-6 with a 2.00 GAA. He spent the previous two seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bobrovsky could have been a restricted free agent, but the team was happy to get him under contract.
“Re-signing Sergei Bobrovsky was a top priority for our organization,” Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said. “He was a big part of the progress we made last season and we expect him to play an important role in the growth of our team.”
The Blue Jackets haven’t made the playoffs since 2009.
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Lois M. Collins, Deseret News