It might not be the goaltending fix people envisioned, but it’s a start.
According to TSN’s Darren Dreger, the Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired goalie Sergei Bobrovsky from Philadelphia in exchange for a package of draft picks.
Update: Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch reports three draft picks are going to Flyers, including No. 45 this year.
The deal seemingly puts Bobrovsky in competition with Steve Mason for Columbus’ No. 1 job next season (Mason is on the books for one more year at $2.9 million).
In late April, Columbus GM Scott Howson told Mason the team was “going to have a different look” in goal next season and that someone would likely come in to challenge for the starting gig.
That someone appears to be Bobrovsky.
The 23-year-old Russian had a brief flirtation with the starting gig in Philadelphia prior to Ilya Bryzgalov coming on board. The organization was (at one point) high on the youngster’s potential, but likely want a more veteran presence as Bryz’s backup.
Bobrovsky appeared in 29 games for Philadelphia last year, recording a 14-10-2 record with a 3.02 GAA and .899 save percentage. He has one year left on his entry level deal that pays $1.75 million annually.