|(9/7/18) Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen wouldn't commit to Bobrovsky being on the roster for the season opener against Detroit on Oct. 4, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.|
The Blue Jackets are in a stalemate with Bobrovsky's contract extension talks. He's due $7.425 million this year and may be looking for a raise after securing his second Vezina Trophy for the league's top goaltender in 2016-17. If the 29-year-old backstop becomes an unrestricted free agent, there's no guarantee he returns, so the Blue Jackets may look for a return on their investment via trade and make Joonas Korpisalo their starter this season. Bobrovsky hasn't won a playoff series during six seasons in Columbus, but he did record a solid .921 save percentage, 2.42 GAA and 27-22-6 record last campaign.