Sergei Bobrovsky has been selected as a Vezina Trophy nominee.
The award will go to the league's best goaltender and is voted on by the league's general managers. Bobrovsky didn't get off to a particularly inspiring start this season, but he was incredible in the second half of the season and finished with a 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage. Bobrovsky is a restricted free agent and is likely in line for a big raise. Henrik Lundqvist and Antti Niemi are the other two nominees.
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen hasn't made a decision on whether to pursue pending unrestricted free agent Vaclav Prospal.
Kekalainen did add that he's very satisfied with Prospal's performance this season. "He made a big contribution," Kekalainen said. "He always scores. I've seen him since he was a young kid. You always wonder how he does it, but every year he does it. He scores goals and has assists and contributes that way. He's had a great career, and I have a lot of respect for his career and the way he played this year." Prospal had 12 goals and 30 points in 48 games.
Columbus Blue Jackets GM Jarmo Kekalainen is optimistic that his team will re-sign Sergei Bobrovsky "in the near future."
Bobrovsky is a restricted free agent, so the Blue Jackets aren't in serious danger of losing him, but the question is if they'll be able to sign him to a long-term deal. Bobrovsky is likely seeking a big raise after posting a 2.00 GAA and .932 save percentage in 38 games in 2013.
The area that Marian Gaborik is scheduled to have abdomen surgery is the same one that he needed hernia surgery for in 2001.
"It began bothering him in the final week or so of the season," one of Gaborik's agents added. Gaborik should be fine for the start of training camp.
Jared Boll will undergo sports hernia surgery this week.
Boll suffered the injury about a month ago but played through it as the Blue Jackets were in playoff contention until the last night of the season. He is expected to be healthy enough for training camp in September.
The Columbus Blue Jackets are looking to improve their goal scoring in the off-season.
The Blue Jackets were 5-13-4 in games that they gave up more than two goals as they were only 25th in the NHL in goals scored. "It's tough to win games 2-1 every night," GM Jarmo Kekalainen said. "It's going to be easier for us to win more games if we score more goals. Skill and speed are a great part of this game, and that's an area we're going to work on this summer." The Blue Jackets have three first round picks so they do have a lot of options in the off-season. Of course having Marian Gaborik for the whole season won't hurt either.
Marian Gaborik will have abdominal surgery on Wednesday or Thursday and he's projected to need three-to-four weeks to recover.
"Marian experienced some soreness towards the end of the season and after undergoing his exit physical and further examination today, it was decided that surgery is the best option for a quick and full recovery," said Jackets president of hockey operations John Davidson. "Marian will have the surgery and after a three to four week recovery period will be able to resume off-season training." He won't get to play for Slovakia at the IIHF World Championships, but he should be ready for training camp in the fall. Gaborik notched three goals and five assists in 12 games with Columbus after he was traded by the New York Rangers.