COLUMBUS – Sergei Bobrovsky The Columbus Blue Jackets came back on Friday, a day after the goalkeeper failed to win 4 to 3 over the Nashville Predators overtime at the Nationwide Arena on Thursday because of an incident that did not meet "certain expectations and values." words of general manager Jarmo Kekalainen.
Bobrovsky and Kekalainen met with the Blue Jackets before a meeting with only the players before the training, in which Bobrovsky participated. He will dress for the Columbus game at Washington Capitals on Saturday (7pm ET, ESPN +, NBCSWA, FS-O, NHL .TV) but it is unclear if he will start.
"I'm always proud to be a good team-mate all the time, wherever I play, whoever I play, and I've solved that for the team," he said. "It is what it is, it happened. We clean the air and are ready to move on.
"It's a shame for the fans, too, what happened. It's all going to be in the room between us."
Bobrovsky did not discuss details of the subject; he said it had nothing to do with coach John Tortorella. Kekalainen said the incident was unrelated to Bobrovsky, possibly becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1.
"It has nothing to do with anything like that," Kekalainen said. "It was just a separate incident and we have to deal with it ourselves.
"We have certain values that we establish here, and we live with them, each of us, whether it's a star, superstar or fourth-rate star, or getting paid more or less on the team or in the middle of the team. [with] the same way. "
Bobrovsky was pulled out at 8:53 of the third quarter, having allowed four goals in 19 shots in a 4-0 loss at Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.
"Tuesday night against Tampa was a difficult loss for everyone," he said. "It was exciting, we can play them in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, so I let my emotions come to me when they should not.
"It's the game, definitely the game, the way it happened, we lost. Not only was it frustrating for me."
He said he had no quarrel with Tortorella.
"Everyone knows [Tortorella]. He's an honest guy, "Bobrovsky said. He will do what is best for the team and he does it. Some people agree with this, others do not.
"Once again, it does not matter.What happened in the past happened.I'm just ready to move on, play hockey, play my best."
Tortorella did not clarify much about the incident on Friday.
"Move on," he said. "We deal with the situation inside the locker room. We take care of our business now."
Bobrovsky, who won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalkeeper in 2013 and 2017, has 18 wins and 13 losses with an average of 2.87 goals, 0.906 percentage points and two shutouts in 32 games this season.
"We have a twice-winner Vezina goalkeeper in our organization," said Kekalainen. "Any organization would want to re-sign a guy like that.This position has never changed.Let's see what it's like.
"He has a contract with us by the end of the year, and we expect him to be here by the end of the year, and we hope he does it, that he does 100% better for the organization and his teammates."
When Bobrovsky was asked if he wanted to finish the season in Columbus, he said: "I'm here.I'll play here.I'll do the best I've done for my team, for this organization, these fans, this city.I've worked hard and I'm going to continue doing this. "