Blue Jackets bench Bobrovsky after unspecified 'incident'

Jose Verdugo
Enero 11, 2019

As the Columbus Blue Jackets look to turn things around after dropping two of their last three games, they will be without goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky Thursday night when they host the Nashville Predators. "An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values".

"I'm not going to speculate on any of that until we resolve the issue", Kekalainen told The Athletic.

"There are certain values and expectations we have for the players, no matter who it is". He was pulled on Tuesday after allowing four goals in a 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning and was seen exchanging words with head coach John Tortorella as he exited.

With the two-time Vezina victor away from the team, the Jackets recalled goaltender Jean-Francois Berube from Cleveland of the American Hockey League.

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Bobrovsky, a two-time Vezina Trophy victor, has gone 18-13-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average and.906 save percentage in 32 games this season.

Bobrovsky, 30, will become an unrestricted free agent this summer and said in September the team's management was aware of his plans for the future. They know my plans for the future. Backup Joonas Korpisalo is in line to start.

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

The Blue Jackets enter play Thursday with a 24-15-3 record and sit in third in the Metropolitan Division.

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