By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
According to the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, the Columbus Blue Jays and the Florida Panthers may pull off a blockbuster deal. The Panthers are interested in acquiring goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky.
The Panthers are interested in acquiring both Bobrovsky and pending free agent Artemi Panarin. Florida has until Feb. 25th at the NHL trade deadline to make a deal.
Over the weekend, the Panthers made a deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Florida shipped Derick Brassard and Riley Sheahan to the Penguins for Nick Bjugstad and Jared McCann.
The problem with the Panthers in their attempt to acquire Bobrovsky is they are currently paying Roberto Luongo and James Reimer. Both are under contract respectively through the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons.
In addition, they are combined making $7.933 million against the cap. The 39-year-old Luongo has a $4.53 million cap hit this season.
Plus, the 30-year-old Reimer has a $3.4 million cap hit.
The 30-year-old Novokuznetsk, USSR native was suspended for one game by the Blue Jackets in January. He did not play against the Nashville Predators at Nationwide Arena on Jan. 10, before returning to practice with his teammates one day later.
Bobrovsky is currently on a three-game losing streak between the pipes. His last win came against the New York Rangers on Jan. 13.
This season, Bobrovsky has made 36 appearances, including 35 starts. He has a 19-16-1 record with a .901 save percentage and a 3.01 goals against average.