The Columbus Blue Jackets announced the re-signing of goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a four-year, $29.7 million contract extension.
SPECTOR’S NOTE: It’s the second major recent re-signing by the Blue Jackets, having re-upped forward Nick Foligno a couple of weeks ago. Starting in 2015-16, Bobrovsky will earn an annual cap hit of $7.425 million, which is the second-highest among NHL goaltenders, behind only the NY Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist. That cap hit pushes the Blue Jackets payroll to over $60 million for 2015-16.
Bobrovsky, 26, was eligible for RFA status this summer with arbitration rights and Jackets management obviously didn’t want to go through that process. It’s a deal which works well for both sides. Boborovsky, a former Vezina Trophy winner, remains among the NHL’s elite goalie and the Blue Jackets MVP. He gets paid like one of the NHL’s elite goalies for four years, and the Blue Jackets don’t have to worry about investing in too lengthy a deal which could have consequences in its latter years should Bobrovsky wear down.
He’ll be eligible for UFA status when he’s 30, still young enough to be in his prime and an attractive catch in the free-agent market. Of course, if he’s still playing well by that point, the Jackets could pony up even bigger bucks to keep him in Columbus.