By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Panthers were interested in Bobrovsky back in February before the trade deadline. However, with their log jam of net minders, it was tough for Florida to make a deal.
Now, with Roberto Luongo’s retirement, the door was open for Bobrovsky to sign with the Panthers.
“Sergei is an elite starting goaltender, who has consistently proven to be one of the best in the NHL,” Panthers GM Dale Tallon said. “Adding a world class goalie with Sergei’s abilities and experience will give us a solid foundation in net and the confidence to win every night, as we look towards this next era of Panthers hockey in South Florida.”
The 30-year-old Novokuznetsk, USSR (Russia) native spent the last seven seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He spent the first two seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2010-11 and 2011-12.
This past season, he appeared in 62 games, including 61 starts. He went 37-24-1 with a .913 save percentage and a 2.58 goals against average.
The 2.58 goals against average was his highest since the 2015-16 season when he had a 2.75 goals against average.
In his career, he has appeared in 457 games, including 446 starts. He has gone 255-153-37 in his career with a .919 save percentage and a 2.46 goals against average.