Columbus Blue Jackets sit goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky due to 'internal matter'

Ruben Hill
January 10, 2019

Citing an "incident" that "failed to meet expectations and values" of the organization, the Blue Jackets on Thursday told Bobrovsky to stay away from the club while it prepared to play Nashville in Nationwide Arena. "This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time".

A two-time Vezina Trophy victor, Bobrovsky is 18-13-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average, two shutouts and a.906 save percentage through 32 games this season. A source told TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun that Thursday's decision, however, was not related his relationship with the head coach. He added, however, that Bobrovsky is expected to practice with the team on Friday.

Goalie Jean-Francois Berube was called up from the AHL's Cleveland Monsters to backup Joonas Korpisalo. No details were given by either Jarmo or Torts so we may not know for a while what actually happened but either way, it isn't good for the long term future of either Bob or the Jackets. "They know my plans for the season". Does that change anything for the Blue Jackets, who have to weigh the risk of losing both the goaltender and fellow Russian star Artemi Panarin this summer against relying on both for a meaningful postseason run? "We have a young team and I don't want too much distraction around the locker room from our situation, from my situation".

The Blue Jackets also announced on Thursday that centre Brandon Dubinsky will miss at least one week while recovering from a hamstring injury.

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