"When I was traded to Columbus, I didn't think of what people say or what people think," Bobrovsky said. "The most important thing for me was to concentrate [on] 'How can I help this team? What can I do better, how can I prepare myself to make this team even better?' That was my main focus."
The 24-year-old enters this summer as a restricted free agent who reportedly is entertaining offers to return home to play in the Kontinental Hockey League.
"At this moment I would like to enjoy myself winning this prestigious award," Bobrovsky said. "I'm not even thinking about contracts. I'm sure it will all work out itself.
"Right now is the moment to celebrate, and later we will sit down with my agent and think about our next steps."
If he does return to Columbus, he will try to get the Blue Jackets into the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the second time in their history. This season, they tied the Minnesota Wild with 55 points in the Western Conference, but did not get the eighth (final) seed because they had two fewer wins (26-24).
Hence Bobrovsky's attempt to try to win every time out.
"My main focus, as I said earlier, was to come there and play every game and concentrate on every single game," he said.