After it was reported just a few hours ago that the Columbus Blue Jackets were looking to trade netminder Sergei Bobrovsky, the two sides now appear to be meeting and trying to work out their differences as they discuss a new deal. Columbus had made Bobrovsky available after his contracrt demands were too expensive for their liking and they even received an offer from the Edmonton Oilers that included the No. 7 overall pick in the draft.
ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun passed along the quick change in plans:
Blue Jackets very close on a new deal with goalie Sergei Bobrovsky…
— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) June 30, 2013
My, how things change. This is the way the wild word of sports works.
One minute two sides are far apart in negotiations and once the pressure is put on they find a quick resolution.
For Columbus, if they can find a way to hang on to Bobrovsky that would be great for the franchise. He is an exceptional keeper that can only help them move forward as a franchise.
If the Blue Jackets fail to lock up Bobrovsky to a contract that meets his demands, he has a nice offer of $10 million per year to play over in the KHL.