The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension, the club announced today.
The extension, which runs through 2018-19, is worth a reported $29.7 million, for a cap hit of $7.425 million.
Among NHL goalies, only the Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, with a cap hit of $8.5 million, will have a higher annual average value next season. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and Boston’s Tuukka Rask will each check in at $7 million, while Montreal’s Carey Price will be at $6.5 million.
“A common thread of every successful team in our league is outstanding goaltending and we believe we have one of the best at the position in the world in Sergei Bobrovsky,” said GM Jarmo Kekalainen in a release. “He is a tremendous person and a very talented player whose work ethic sets the tone for our team. We are very happy to have him signed for the next four years.”
Bobrovsky, 26, has registered an impressive .924 save percentage in 123 games with Columbus. He was traded to the Blue Jackets by Philadelphia in June of 2012. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2013.
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Milan Lucic scored twice, including the game winner, as the Boston Bruins shutout the New Jersey Devils 3-0 Thursday night.
Lucic, who hadn’t scored since Dec. 16, snapped a nine game drought while Carl Soderberg had the other Bruins goal.
Boston has now won back-to-back games since newly appointed CEO Charlie Jacobs ripped into the Bruins on Tuesday.
Niklas Svedberg stopped 14 shots for his second career shutout.
Cory Schneider made 40 saves in the loss.
Loui Eriksson will miss tonight’s game against the New Jersey Devils and be replaced in the Bruins’ lineup by rookie David Pastrnak.
Eriksson took a slash from Bortuzzo in the right hand/wrist area.
Pastrnak was recalled by the Bruins on Tuesday after registering seven points in six games at the world junior hockey championship.
The 18-year-old has already appeared in five games with Boston this season registering an assist while averaging 14:01 in ice time.
He is expected to play alongside David Krejci and Brad Marchand.
Pastrnak, Boston’s 2014 first-round selection (25th overall), had 10 goals and 27 points in 24 American Hockey League games after being assigned to Providence on Dec. 7.
Once a powerhouse contender in the Eastern Conference, the Boston Bruins find themselves right now in the fight for a Wild Card spot early in January.
Their overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins – Patrice Bergeron scored the winner after a review into the deflection in front proved inconclusive – bumps the Bruins into the second and final Wild Card spot, one point ahead of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Bruins’ struggling power forward Milan Lucic, with six goals and 20 points in 40 games and now subject of trade speculation, hoped this victory would get his team rolling in the right direction.
The Boston Bruins escaped Pittsburgh and a clash against the Penguins with a 3-2 overtime victory, with the winning goal having to be subject to a review.
Patrice Bergeron got credit for the winning goal, his second of the night, as he had the deflection right in front of the Pittsburgh net. The win ends a three-game losing streak for the struggling Bruins, a team that was ripped by Charlie Jacobs, the son of owner Jeremy Jacobs, on Tuesday.
From the NHL’s Situation Room blog, on the winning goal:
At 2:43 of overtime in the Boston Bruins/Pittsburgh Penguins game, video review was inconclusive in determining whether the puck hit glove or stick before entering the Pittsburgh net. Both the glove and stick were at or below the height of the crossbar. The referee’s call on the ice was a good goal. Because video review was inconclusive, the referee’s call on the ice stands. Good goal Boston. According to Rule 38.4 (vi) “The determining factor is where the puck makes contact with the stick in relation to the crossbar. If the puck makes contact with the portion of the stick that is at or below the level of the crossbar and enters the goal, this goal shall be allowed.”
The Penguins appeared to take the lead on the Bruins early in the second period, however the goal was immediately waved off due to what the official said was incidental contact with Boston goalie Tuukka Rask.