This news has been circulating the hockey sphere for about two days or so now, it was mainly from smaller media sites but Larry Brooks has confirmed that this is in fact true and the Florida Panthers are talking to the Blue Jackets about goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
What could this deal look like?
The Panthers are rumored to be interested in moving James Reimer and Derick Brassard, but it will take a little more than that. If the Panthers do move these two players they will probably add a 2nd-3rd round pick or a high-end prospect as well.
Also, the Panthers are interested in signing Bobrovsky to an extension, 8-years supposedly. With that, at 30-years-old Bobrovsky would be signed until he is thirty-eight. If they do sign Bobrovsky to a long term deal and get rid of Brassard and Reimer it does free up 7.4 million in cap space and they would probably pay Bobrovsky around 8-8.5 million a year.
Bobrovsky is 19-16-1 with a 3.01 goals against (GAA), .901 save percentage (SV %) and two shutouts. In his career his numbers are 237-145-37 with a 2.49 GAA, .918 SV % and 26 shutouts.
If this trade does occur and the Blue Jackets do trade Bobrovsky. This gives current back up goalie Joonas Korpisalo a look to be their number one for now and possibly the future. Korpisalo has a 9-4-2 record, 2.96 GAA, .901 SV % on the year.
What this also means is that the Blue Jackets do not need to worry about signing Bobrovsky, and they can throw all their chips and more at Artemi Panarin in the off-season. If this move does occur it allows the Blue Jackets to feel more confident in Panarin returning for next year.