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Vezina winner Sergei Bobrovsky reaches terms with Blue Jackets

07/01/2013 02:22 EDT | Updated 08/31/2013 05:12 EDT
Sergei Bobrovksy will have a chance to prove with Columbus that his remarkable to 2013 season was not a fluke.

The Blue Jackets announced Monday that the Russian, fresh off a Vezina Trophy win as the top goaltender in the NHL, has been signed to a two-year contract.

Financial details weren't immediately released by the club, but reports indicated it would be nearly $6 million US per season. He earned $1.750 million the past season.

"Bob is a terrific player and an outstanding young man with a work ethic that is second to none and was a well-deserved winner of the Vezina Trophy this season as the NHL’s top goaltender," general manager Jarmo Kekalainen said in a statement, referring to Bobrovsky's nickname. "He was a big part of the progress we made last season and we expect him to play an important role in the growth of our team."

Bobrovsky, 24, almost single-handedly delivered Columbus into the playoffs despite the club's horrid start to the season. The netminder came on to post a 21-11-6 record, 2.00 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 appearances as the Blue Jackets were in contention for a post-season spot until the final weekend of the season.

Despite the shortened season, Bobrovksy's name appeared on the NHL's list of top 3 stars of the week on three separate occasions.

It was an impressive turnaround for a goaltender assigned to the scrap heap by the Philadelphia Flyers in June 2012, who dealt him to Columbus for three draft picks after two seasons in Pennsylvania.

Bobrovsky didn't record a shutout in 93 regular season and playoff apperances with the Flyers, including 80 starts.

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