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It has been a tough season for Columbus Blue Jackets beginning goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. Slated to grow to be an unrestricted free agent in July, the previous Vezina Trophy winner is enjoying poorly in his contract yr.
Issues got here to a head after Bobrovsky was pulled throughout final Tuesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Fairly than return to the bench, he reportedly went straight to the dressing room, showered and become road garments. Two days later, the membership introduced he would not be within the lineup for its sport towards the Nashville Predators.
Following a group assembly on Friday, Bobrovsky rejoined his teammates at follow and admitted he’d allowed his emotions to get the better of him. He claimed they cleared the air and put the matter behind them.
The incident, nevertheless, stoked hypothesis over Bobrovsky’s future with the Jackets. The Athletic’s Aaron Portzline mentioned management’s intent was to stick with him by means of the top of the season however he questioned if that plan has modified. He indicated there have been rumors linking a number of groups, together with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers, Bobrovsky’s former membership, to the sad Jackets netminder.
Bobrovsky’s points return to the top of final season. Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman reported the goalie wasn’t happy over criticism of his efficiency throughout final spring’s playoffs. He additionally famous Bobrovsky skipped a gathering final summer time with basic supervisor Jarmo Kekalainen.
The New York Submit’s Brett Cyrgalis feels Bobrovsky already has one foot out the door. Supplied he is keen to waive his no-movement clause, Cyraglis believes he’ll entice loads of suitors by the commerce deadline, although his present on-ice struggles may harm his commerce worth.
Kekalainen will in all probability stay affected person with Bobrovsky in hopes he’ll regain his Vezina kind over the rest of the season. Backup Joonas Korpisalo’s numbers aren’t a lot better than Bobrovsky’s and there is no vital improve out there through the commerce market. But when one other incident happens or Bobrovsky fails to enhance, Kekalainen may very well be pressured to rethink his choices.
The Flyers and Panthers may grow to be potential commerce locations, however maybe not the Islanders. The New York Submit’s Larry Brooks identified they’re doing just fine with a resurgent Robin Lehner between the pipes.
Will the Flyers store Wayne Simmonds?
The Philadelphia Flyers’ playoff hopes are fading as they wallow close to the underside of the Japanese Convention standings. They’re anticipated to grow to be sellers main as much as the Feb. 25 commerce deadline.
Chuck Fletcher lately made his first commerce since taking up as basic supervisor in November, transport winger Jordan Weal to the Arizona Coyotes final week for a sixth-round pick and minor-league defenseman Jacob Graves. That may very well be the primary of extra strikes to return.
The largest may contain winger Wayne Simmonds. Eligible for unrestricted free agent standing in July, the 30-year-old energy ahead may very well be shopped if an settlement on a brand new contract is not labored out quickly.
TSN’s Bob McKenzie reported the Flyers are getting calls about Simmonds, however have not but selected the winger’s destiny. McKenzie’s colleague Pierre LeBrun thinks his bodily two-way fashion will entice loads of suitors. He felt Simmonds can be a superb addition to the highly effective Tampa Bay Lightning, however indicated there is no proof the Bolts may pursue him.
In his column for The Athletic, LeBrun prompt the Nashville Predators, Winnipeg Jets, Calgary Flames, Vegas Golden Knights and Boston Bruins as possible destinations for Simmonds.
The Winnipeg Solar’s Ken Wiebe, nevertheless, doesn’t see the Jets pursuing Simmonds. He believes their focus is on touchdown a left-handed defenseman or a second-line middle.
Michael Ferland drawing curiosity
A latest report by Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman claiming the Carolina Hurricanes had obtained inquiries about defenseman Dougie Hamilton generated appreciable media chatter. Nonetheless, he is not the one Hurricane whose future in Carolina is drawing consideration.
Final week, TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reported Micheal Ferland’s title had surfaced in the trade market. The 26-year-old winger is because of grow to be an unrestricted free agent this summer time.
LeBrun famous the 2 sides hadn’t talked contract in over a month. Whereas he famous that does not essentially imply Ferland shall be dealt, he identified the Hurricanes do not intend to lose their pending UFAs for nothing this summer time.
The Raleigh Information & Observer’s Luke DeCock reviews the Hurricanes want to re-sign Ferland and he’d like to remain. Nonetheless, the price of re-signing Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen won’t depart sufficient room for Ferland.
Ferland may value himself out of the Hurricanes’ consolation zone. Over the weekend, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said the winger was believed searching for a contract similar to Tom Wilson’s six-year, $31-million cope with the Washington Capitals.