The Columbus Blue Jackets still haven’t officially signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, but it is believed that the Vezina Trophy winner will earn about $10 million over the next two seasons, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
News that a deal was imminent broke yesterday following rumors that the Blue Jackets were shopping Bobrovsky.
Although Blue Jackets president John Davidson isn’t ready to confirm anything, he is very optimistic.
“It’s a relief that we’re close,” Davidson said. “If you don’t have a goalie, you have problems. Happy hunting if you don’t have a guy who can stop the puck.”
Update: Bobrovsky has officially agreed to a two-year, $11.25 million deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets, according to the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline.
Bobrovsky was eligible to become a restricted free agent this summer and while the Blue Jackets were expected to match any offer sheet an opposing team might present, that wasn’t really the issue. The real threat was the possibility of Bobrovsky accepting a lucrative offer to play in the KHL.
The 24-year-old goaltender was a major factor in Columbus’ strong finish to the 2013 campaign and losing him would have been a big step back for a franchise still trying to establish itself.
Scottie Upshall has parlayed his training camp tryout into a contract with St. Louis.
On Monday, the Blues agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the veteran forward, worth $700,000 at the NHL level. The deal comes after Upshall spent all of training camp and the preseason impressing the Blues his speed and skating ability, no small feat for a 31-year-old veteran with over 500 NHL games on his odometer.
But where Upshall fits in the Blues lineup — and within the organization — remains to be seen.
The club has plenty of depth up front and Upshall isn’t coming off a terrific campaign, having scored just eight goals and 15 points in 63 games with Florida last season. That said, he showed enough to be just one of a handful of veterans on PTOs to score a contract.
Lawson Crouse is going back to junior. The big 18-year-old winger confirmed it today on Twitter.
Crouse was drafted 11th overall in June by the Florida Panthers. Despite the club’s belief that Crouse could make “an immediate impact” on the roster, he finished the preseason with just two shots and one assist in three games.
Crouse will return to the OHL’s Kingston Frontenacs, with whom he’ll look to improve on his modest point totals from last season.
“I don’t think there’s any pressure on the kid,” coach Gerard Gallant said last week. “If he doesn’t make the team this year he goes back to junior … and will have a lot of success.”