Contract talks between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Sergei Bobrovsky's camp are not progressing, according to the Columbus Dispatch.
The Dispatch postulates that talks have stalled because Bobrovsky's agent wants to wait to get into serious talks, which makes a lot of sense. For one, Bobrovsky's value would rise considerably if he wins the Vezina Trophy. As a restricted free agent, Bobrovsky could also receive an offer sheet from another NHL team or a contract offer from the KHL. The Jackets are on record as saying they'll match any NHL offer sheet regardless of cost, but the rumored KHL interest is a pretty big wild card. We still think Bobrovsky stays in the NHL, but time will tell.
Ilari Melart has agreed to a one-year deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
The financial terms of the deal weren't disclosed, but it is an entry-level contract. Melart had 18 points and 80 penalty minutes in 50 SM-liiga games last season. He's 24 and hasn't played professionally in North America before.
The New York Rangers being booted out in round two means that the worst pick the Columbus Blue Jackets will get from that trade is the 19th selection in the 2013 NHL Draft.
It could go up to 18th depending upon how things shake out. This gives the new regime the 14th pick (their own), 18/19 from New York, the Kings' pick and the 44th selection in the first two rounds. Not bad for a team that showed promise late in this season.
Anton Forsberg has reportedly inked a three-year, entry-level deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
Forsberg was taken with the 188th pick in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. He had a 2.04 GAA and .933 save percentage in 33 games in Allsvenskan, which is Sweden's second-highest league.
Curtis McElhinney has agreed to a one-year, one-way deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets.
It looks like McElhinney will get a chance to serve as the Blue Jackets' backup next season. He had a 2.32 GAA and .923 save percentage in 49 AHL games in 2012-13. The deal is reportedly worth $600,000.
SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League is reportedly willing to pay big money to sign Sergei Bobrovsky.
Bobrovsky is scheduled to become a restricted free agent this summer. Although it's unlikely that Saint Petersburg will succeed in its goal of inking Bobrovsky, this should give the goaltender more leverage when he's negotiating with the Columbus Blue Jackets. It's worth adding that Bobrovsky played for Saint Petersburg during the lockout and had a 1.94 GAA and .932 save percentage in 24 KHL games.
Sergei Bobrovsky's contract talks with the Columbus Blue Jackets have gone quiet.
"We've talked. We've exchanged ideas," Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "But we haven't made any progress, really. It's been pretty quiet for a while now." Bobrovsky can become a restricted free agent this summer if the Blue Jackets don't re-sign him. That would allow the goaltender to ink an offer sheet, but Kekalainen said that the team is prepared to match an offer sheet if it comes to that.