Sergei Bobrovsky to Blue Jackets for Picks
The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers in a trade that involves three draft picks, including two set to be handed out tomorrow during the later rounds of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Bobrovsky will become a Blue Jacket in exchange for three draft selections. One will be in the 2013 draft and hasn’t been specified yet, but two are in later rounds this year–selections number 45 and 117.
Last season wasn’t so great for Bobrovsky. He had a 14-10-2 record with the Flyers, plus an .899 save percentage and a 3.02 goals against average. While that record is definitely not the best, nor was the record of Columbus starter Steve Mason. Mason put together a 16-26-3 record, an .894 save percentage and a 3.39 goals against average.
This could be part of Columbus GM Scott Howson‘s plan to have a veritable stable of goaltenders in his system. He’s been quoted as saying he’d like to have three more goalies ready to go, for a total of five in the system (Mason and Allen York are already in), before the start of training camp.
Other potential netminding prospects have already been taken off the market–Tomas Vokoun went to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Anders Lindback is off to the Tampa Bay Lightning, Josh Harding just re-uppped for three years with the Minnesota Wild.
There is no word yet on what Philadelphia will do in terms of a backup to their starter Ilya Bryzgalov.
This is also a good time to share some highlights, and occasionally lowlights, of Bobrovsky as narrated by TSN host Jay Onrait pretending that Bobrovsky is a police officer on one of those ubiquitous cop shows on TV.