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Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky signs 2-year deal to remain with Columbus Blue Jackets

Monday, 07.01.2013 / 12:55 PM / News

The Canadian Press

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Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky signs 2-year deal to remain with Columbus Blue Jackets

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension, locking up the Vezina Award winner before he could become a restricted free agent.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen had termed re-signing the 24-year-old Russian as his top objective but the two sides had made little headway until just before the start of the NHL draft on Sunday.

Acquired from Philadelphia for draft picks last summer, Bobrovsky blossomed in Columbus. He had a 21-11-6 record with a 2.00 goals-against average, a .932 save percentage and four shutouts.

His stellar play fueled the Blue Jackets' 19-5-5 finish that brought them close to a playoff spot.

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He's a winner. We want winners here, and he's a proven winner. He's won two Stanley Cups. He's 22 years old and been a big part of it. He's got all the right tools. He's got size (6-foot-1, 204 pounds) and strength. He's exactly what we were looking for. He's going to be a big piece of our team for many, many years to come.

— Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen on Brandon Saad, who he acquired in a trade with the Blackhawks on Tuesday
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