Is Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky really thinking of leaving the NHL for the KHL, or is his flirtation with SKA St. Petersburg just a negotiation tactic?
That’s the question Columbus general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has to be asking himself as contract talks with the Vezina Trophy finalist struggle along.
Bobrovsky has confirmed to Russia’s Sport-Express that he’s talking to both the Blue Jackets and SKA, but he wasn’t willing to share anything more.
The 24-year-old restricted free agent played for SKA during the lockout, posting an impressive 18-3-2 record with a .932 save percentage, and there’s apparently “big money on the table” for him if he’s willing to go back.
It seems extremely unlikely the Blue Jackets would match the amount of money that SKA is rumored to be offering (upwards of $8 million annually), but the KHL is not the best league in the world. That honor belongs to the NHL.
It’s possible this poker game goes on for a while, as we’ve seen in the past with star RFAs.