Columbus Blue Jackets Re-Sign Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky To Two-Year Contract Extension


UPDATED: Monday July 1, 2013 12:54 PM

Columbus Blue Jackets General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced Monday the team has re-signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two year contract extension through the 2014-15 season.

The terms of Bobrovsky’s extension were not disclosed, per team policy.

The 24-year-old native of Novokuznetsk, Russia, earned the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy as the National Hockey League’s top goalie after compiling a 21-11-6 record, 2.00 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 appearances for the Blue Jackets.

Bobrovsky finished first in save percentage, second in goals-against average and tied for sixth in wins and shutouts among goaltenders in the NHL who played in 25 or more games.

“Re-signing Sergei Bobrovsky was a top priority for our organization and once again ownership has given us the resources to build a winning team.  Bob is a terrific player and an outstanding young man with a work ethic that is second to none and was a well-deserved winner of the Vezina Trophy this season as the NHL’s top goaltender,” said Kekalainen according to a press release. “He was a big part of the progress we made last season and we expect him to play an important role in the growth of our team.  With the signings of Bob and Artem Anisimov, as well as the addition of the players we selected in the draft, we feel very strongly about the direction our organization is headed and we’ll continue to work in the days, weeks and months ahead to move our team forward.”

Bobrovsky made 30 or more saves 16 times on the season, including a season-high 39 saves four times. He recorded a 18-5-3 record with a 1.60 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and four shutouts in 26 games from March 1 through the end of the season.

I’m very happy to be a Columbus Blue Jacket,” said Bobrovsky according to the release.  “My wife and I really like Columbus and the fans have been very nice to us and supportive of our team. I'm looking forward to the season and working with my teammates to help us to our goal of winning a Stanley Cup.”

Bobrovsky was acquired by the Blue Jackets from the Philadelphia Flyers for a second and fourth round pick in the 2012 NHL Draft and a fourth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft on June 22, 2012.

In his career, he has compiled a record of 63-34-16 with a 2.49 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and four shutouts in 121 total career NHL contests.

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