The Columbus Blue Jackets face an interesting challenge in retaining 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky this summer, but the team told the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline that they’re not looking to trade the pending free agent’s negotiating rights during draft weekend.
Considering the fact that he’s a restricted free agent, the Blue Jackets have some advantages when it comes to signing (or at least getting assets in return for) the 24-year-old goalie.
Then again, the 29 other NHL teams might not be the problem. The KHL boasts about an “excellent offer” it is dangling for Bobrovsky, which he could agree to as early as July 1 (as opposed to the NHL’s free agent kickoff date of July 5).
For what it’s worth, still-new Blue Jackets team president John Davidson believes that the Blue Jackets will retain his services.
(Hey, at least EA Sports avoided the potential awkwardness of its NHL 14 cover star playing overseas, as Martin Brodeur edged Bobrovsky in the final voting.)
PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.
Here’s a detailed look back at Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin‘s first 10 years in the NHL. (NHL.com)
Speaking of Crosby, he’s signed a multiyear partnership with adidas. (Newswire)
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will play a key role in easing Connor McDavid into the NHL. (Edmonton Sun)
After two polar opposite seasons, the jury is still out on Patrick Roy as a head coach. (Denver Post)
Marc-Andre Fleury enjoys pulling off pranks on his teammates. “I play better when I’m looser, laughing and having fun,” he said. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)
Art McDonald, a Canadian who won recently won a Nobel Prize, talked to the committee members about the Toronto Maple Leafs. (SB Nation)
The St. Louis Blues named Rob DiMaio their director of player personnel on Tuesday.
He’s been with the organization for some time. He joined as a pro scout in 2008 and was the pro scouting director starting in August 2012.
He was also a scout for the Dallas Stars before landing with the Blues (one would assume his biggest connection is GM Doug Armstrong, then).
In case his nose didn’t give it away, he also enjoyed a lengthy hockey career over 19 seasons.
No doubt about it, this is a pivotal season for the Blues after multiple campaigns in which strong regular seasons dissolved into playoff disappointments. Perhaps DiMaio can make a difference in a heightened role?