Two-time Vezina Trophy-winning goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is entering the final year of his current contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets, and if you read between the lines, it’s easy to come away believing this could be his last year in the state’s capital.
Aaron Portzline of The Athletic Columbus asked Bobrovsky if it was his final season with the CBJ, and he responded “We’ll see”.
When pressed for more information, he said:
#CBJ Bobrovsky: “After the last season, I told the situation to the management of the Blue Jackets, so they know everything. They know my plans for the season. They know my plans for the future. They know everything.”
Asked what those plans are, Bobrovsky: “You have to ask them.”
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) September 13, 2018
Some reports indicate Bobrovsky wants a contract similar to that of Montreal’s Carey Price, who locked into a 10-year, $84 million contract in 2017.
Of course, the Blue Jackets are also facing the possibility of winger Artemi Panarin’s final year. The Russian who was dealt to Columbus in a trade for Brandon Saad has told management he has no interest in signing a long-term deal with the club.