The Hurricanes have a bit of a goalie conundrum going on at the moment. Petr Mrazek and Curtis McElhinney are both set to be UFA’s after July 1st this summer, so in the off-chance that the Hurricanes are unable to sign either of them, Sergei Bobrovsky would be a definite solid choice.
The Russian netminder has had a phenomenal season; he turned in a record of 37-24-1 in 62 games played, alongside a 2.58GAA and .913% save percentage. Solid numbers, especially considering the Blue Jackets barely squeaked into the playoffs as the second Wildcard team.
Bobrovsky was essential in the Blue Jackets’ first round sweeping of the President’s Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning. Rumors have swirled around Bobrovsky and his future since the Blue Jackets were eliminated from the playoffs by the Boston Bruins in Round 2.
Bobrovsky will more than likely not return to Columbus, so the Hurricanes should again at least have a few conversation with him if unable to re-sign Mrazek or McElhinney. Bobrovsky is worth quite a bit; I’d estimate him at being worth at least a $5mil AAV for a multi-year deal. This cost may seem steep for a goalie, but would be absolutely worth it for whichever team decides to sign him.