Could Bob finally be on the move?
The chase for Sergei Bobrovsky this offseason will be well-documented, but what if the Florida Panthers could skip that step altogether? The Panthers are interested in taking this route, and have reportedly discussed a deal with the Columbus Blue Jackets centered around their star goaltender.
In return for Bobrovsky, Florida would send a package of prospects and picks centered around Derick Brassard.
Panthers interested in dealing for Bobrovsky as prelude to enticing him to sign what would be an 8-year extension. Brassard would likely be part of package going to Columbus in return, we're told.— Larry Brooks (@NYP_Brooksie) February 4, 2019
The Panthers acquired Brassard last week as part of their short-term plan. Brassard is likely to be flipped before the trade deadline, and if not he won't be around past the 2019 season. Florida is hoping to open up as much cap room as possible in the hopes of signing several big-name free agents this summer.
Bobrovsky is no doubt one of their targets, with Artemi Panarin also at the center of their long-term plans.
It's a trade which works for both sides, meaning the likelihood is all the greater.
On the season, Bobrovsky has 19 wins and a .901 save percentage.