Columbus Blue Jackets sit goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky due to 'internal matter'

Columbus Blue Jackets sit goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky due to 'internal matter'

Columbus Blue Jackets sit goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky due to 'internal matter'

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Thursday morning that Bobrovsky won't play tonight in Columbus against the Nashville Predators after an unspecified "incident" involving the goalie. He is expected to be on the ice for Friday's practice if a morning meeting with Kekalainen goes well, reports Aaron Portzline of The Athletic. If you don't live.

The two-time Vezina victor is having a down year (.906 save percentage in 32 games) but the Blue Jackets are in the Eastern Conference playoff picture halfway through the season, so they may elect to hold onto him for the remainder of this year for the sake of a postseason run - even if it means losing him for nothing this offseason. A source told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Thursday's decision, however, was not related his relationship with the head coach.

The 30-year-old Bobrovsky is 18-13-1 in the final year of his contract and so far has declined to sign a long-term extension. "They know my plans for the season".

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Although no one called the move a suspension, I don't know how else one would categorize Bob not being with the team for a game. But unless Kekalainen is getting a goaltender that he feels can help his team on the same level, this situation will likely have to be sorted out as the Blue Jackets eye a deep playoff run. Korpisalo has appeared in 15 games this season, posting a 6-2-2 record with a 3.29 GAA and an.889 save percentage.

When Columbus Blue Jackets fans woke up today they thought that the big roster shakeup would be the return of Nick Foligno and the loss of Brandon Dubinsky and Markus Hannikainen.

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