Blue Jackets bench Bobrovsky after unspecified 'incident'

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

Earlier in the day, the club announced the goaltender would not be with the team for its game against the Nashville Predators, with Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen revealing in the release that an incident occurred in which Bobrovsky failed to meet "certain expectations and values" established within the organization. If all goes well, he could be on the ice for pracice and with the team when they travel to Washington to take on the Capitals on Sunday.

Kekalainen told Aaron Portzline of The Athletic that a meeting with Bobrovsky is planned before practice on Friday.

Coach John Tortorella declined to comment on the matter. If you don't live.

Panarin made it 2-1 at 13:32 with the Blue Jackets' first power-play goal in 26 attempts in the past 12 games.

"There's no sense asking", Tortorella told reporters when asked about it Thursday.

Considering the fact that Bobrovsky is on the final year of his current contract ($7.425 million AAV) and is unlikely to re-sign with the Blue Jackets - there has been no reported progress on an extension - there's some speculation that he could be shipped out of Columbus before the trade deadline.

With Bobrovsky unavailable for tonight's game, the Blue Jackets called up goalie Jean-Francois Berube from the Cleveland Monsters of the AHL. 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. 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 enter play Thursday with a 24-15-3 record and sit in third in the Metropolitan Division.

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