COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets want goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky back, but they have company in pursuing his services.
The 24-year-old Bobrovsky keyed the Blue Jackets' second-half surge last season and was good enough to win the Vezina award as the NHL's top goaltender. His contract expired after the season, and the Blue Jackets are working to keep him not only off of the restricted free-agent market next month, but away from the KHL in his his native Russia. Reports have linked at least one team KHL as ready to make Bobrovsky a substantial offer and others with interest.
"We're working hard to get him back and we're optimistic that we'll have him back," Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Tuesday. "We're working at it and hoping we'll get it done."
Bobrovsky had a 21-11-6 record with a .932 save percentage and 2.00 goals against average last season after being traded from Philadelphia.
He was the runaway winner of the Vezina, collecting 17 of 29 first-pla...