In recent days, much attention in the CBJ universe has been paid to the possible payout coming for goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky. It’s a curious story, and one that could leave Columbus without its top netminder next year if things fall the wrong way. Last season, Bob was simply glorious. His work resulted in a well-deserved nod as the 2013 Vezina winner, and we’ve even praised him in this space as the CBJ MVP (a slightly less prestigious award, perhaps).
Unfortunately for Columbus fans, 2012-2013 marked the end of Bob’s contract and left him entering restricted free agency. Columbus GM Jarmo Kekalainen has been working contract negotiations ever since. Far better writers have already covered the contract limbo and its possible fallout including Aaron Portzline at the Columbus Dispatch, Morgan at the Dark Blue Jacket, and Alison at The Union Blue. All three articles linked here are well worth a read.
But the lingering thought has been left in the back of my mind: just how much money should a “top” goalie command? With a lowering salary cap, this is a somewhat pressing concern (albeit less so for the relatively low-spending Blue Jackets). But even outside this new-CBA restriction, I couldn’t help but wonder what kind of insight recent history would give us.