COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year contract extension through the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, club General Manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced today. As is club policy, terms were not disclosed.
Bobrovsky, 26, has gone 68-41-13 with a 2.34 goals-against average, .924 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 123 games with Columbus since the 2012-13 season. He is 110-64-23 with a 2.50 goals-against average, .918 save percentage and 10 shutouts in 206 career NHL games with the Blue Jackets and Philadelphia Flyers.
“A common thread of every successful team in our league is outstanding goaltending and we believe we have one of the best at the position in the world in Sergei Bobrovsky,” said Kekalainen. “He is a tremendous person and a very talented player whose work ethic sets the tone for our team. We are very happy to have him signed for the next four years.”
Bobrovsky, who is 15-10-2 with a 2.75 goals-against average, .917 save percentage and one shutout in 27 games this season, was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Month for December after going 9-1-1 with a 2.13 goals-against average, .937 save percentage and one shutout in 11 games. He is the first Blue Jackets player to be named one of the League’s Three Stars of the Month twice (March 2013) and he set a franchise record with a career-high 52 saves in a 4-3 overtime win at Florida on December 4.
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“This is a very exciting day for me and I am very happy knowing that I will continue to be a Columbus Blue Jacket and be able to play with the guys in this room, to work to get better every day and help the team achieve our goals together,” said Bobrovsky.
In 2013-14, he went 32-20-5 with a 2.38 goals-against average, .923 save percentage and five shutouts in 58 games, setting career highs in wins and shutouts. In 2012-13, he captured the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender and earned NHL First All-Star Team honors after posting a 21-11-6 mark, 2.00 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 games. His goals-against average and save percentage were personal bests and Blue Jackets franchise records.
Bobrovsky was acquired from Philadelphia in exchange for second and third round picks in the 2012 NHL Draft and a fourth round pick in the 2013 Draft on June 22, 2012. The Novokuznetsk, Russia native has also excelled on the international stage, going 1-0-1 with a 1.15 goals-against average and .952 save percentage in three games at the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He led Russia to a gold medal at the 2014 World Championships and helped the squad to a bronze medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
The Blue Jackets return to action tonight when they visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game time from Air Canada Centre is 7:30 p.m. ET. Live coverage on FOX Sports Ohio begins with the Blue Jackets Live pre-game show at 7 p.m. The game also will be broadcast live on the Scioto Downs Blue Jackets Radio Network, including flagship station Sports Radio 97.1 The Fan, and online at BlueJackets.com.