Columbus Blue Jackets Have To Deal With Sergei Bobrovsky Situation

By Andy Schmidt
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The Columbus Blue Jackets have a very serious potential problem on their hands with their star goalie Sergei Bobrovsky. It was confirmed last week that contract negotiations with Bobrovsky may have stalled, and that he’s also talking about the idea of going back to Russia and the KHL.

This isn’t good for Columbus especially after how great he was this past season. The Blue Jackets may be forced to overpay to keep their superstar from going overseas.

There is no way the team can allow a goalie who only gave up two goals to get away when the team is a step away from making the playoffs. I’ll admit that I thought there was no chance that the team would make the playoffs after trading Rick Nash away before the shortened season began. Bobrovsky took this team on his shoulders and led them within a tiebreaker of the playoffs.

He isn’t going to come cheap and with the NHL salary cap dropping $6 million this offseason, the Blue Jackets aren’t in a great spot. They are going to have to offer at least $8 million a year just to have a chance at this. It could really hamper Columbus going forward, but they have to hope that the other players on the team can step up to support that big potential deal.

We must remember that he played for the KHL team that is going after him during the lockout as well. That could make this a much harder decision. The Blue Jackets have a major decision ahead of them and a lot of nail-biting to go with it.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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