January 15, 2019 | 11:20pm ET
BOBROVSKY WOULD WAIVE NO-MOVE CLAUSE
Sergei Bobrovky, goaltender
Speculation over Sergei Bobrovsky’s future with the Columbus Blue Jackets picked up significant steam last week when the veteran goaltender was unofficially suspended by the organization after an incident following a loss in Tampa.
Bobrovsky, 30, is in the final year of his contract, which comes with a $7.425 million salary cap hit, and can become an unrestricted free agent July 1 if unsigned. He also owns a full no-movement clause.
It has been widely reported that Bobrovsky is not interested in signing an extension with the Blue Jackets, fueling the belief that this will be his last season with Columbus.
In Tuesday’s edition of the “Insider Trading” segment on TSN, Pierre LeBrun reported Bobrovsky “is willing to waive (his no-movement clause) for the right situation.”
Per LeBrun, Bobrovsky and his agent, Paul Theofanous, provided the Blue Jackets with a list of teams they’d accept a trade to last off-season, and indicated they’d be willing to explore an extension with a new team, but Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen has not pursued a trade and has wanted to ride out the season with Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin, who is also a pending unrestricted free agent, in the lineup.
It’s possible the Blue Jackets explore the trade avenue if teams inquire, given last week’s internal blow-up, but it still seems likely the team will hold on to Bobrovsky for a playoff run.
Bobrovsky has posted a 19-13-1 record so far this season with Columbus, along with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a .903 save percentage.