When they traded away three players for Marian Gaborik at the trade deadline, the Columbus Blue Jackets let everyone know they were serious about trying to make the playoffs this season. Gaborik instantly gives their offense the scoring punch it has lacked, but the only reason the Blue Jackets were even in the playoff discussion to begin with was the play of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. The former Philadelphia Flyers netminder has been phenomenal this season, and played a huge role in helping the Blue Jackets set a franchise record for most consecutive games with at least one point.
Bobrovsky is set to be a restricted free agent at the end of the season, and as soon as the Blue Jackets are done playing they need to make re-signing him a top priority. While he has a cap hit of nearly $2 million, the young goalie is only earning $900,000 in actual salary and his play has definitely justified some kind of raise for future seasons. With at least one other team (Calgary Flames) in the market for a goaltender this offseason, it is imperative that the Blue Jackets take advantage of the window for success they currently have. It certainly seems that they have already been thinking in this direction, as former Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason was sent to the Flyers at the trade deadline as well. Columbus got Michael Leighton in return, but he has yet to see action with the team and is also slated to be a free agent in the summer.
Bobrovsky is 13-10-6 this season with a 2.12 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage.