COLUMBUS, Ohio -- What Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen had called "a big piece of the puzzle" fell into place Monday when the club signed goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a two-year contract extension.
"I'm very happy to be a Columbus Blue Jacket," Bobrovsky said. "My wife (Olga) and I really like Columbus and the fans have been very nice to us and supportive of our team. I'm looking forward to the season and working with my teammates to help us to our goal of winning a Stanley Cup."
The 24-year-old Russian, recipient of the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie this past season, could have become a restricted free agent this week.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed by the team. Bobrovsky was paid $1.750 million last season. His representative, Paul Theofanous, was not immediately available. The Columbus Dispatch reported that the new deal was for $5.625 million per year.
Kekalainen called the re-signing of Bobrovsky his top objective but had made little headway until just before the start of Sunday's NHL draft.
-The Associated Press
Rangers: Clowe's rights on the move?
The Rangers appear ready to move on from Ryane Clowe.
Clowe was acquired by the Rangers at the deadline after failing to score a goal in 28 games with the Sharks this season. The 30-year-old added three goals and five assists in 12 regular-season games with New York.
Injuries forced him to play in only two of the Rangers’ 12 postseason games.
Many teams were reportedly interested in Clowe at the deadline, including the Flyers. When he becomes a free agent on Friday, he’ll be one of the top power forward wingers on the market.
Olympics: Still no deal with NHL
NEW YORK -- There is still no deal to send NHL players to next year's Olympics. But all signs point in that direction, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says "things are moving along."
Bettman, union leader Donald Fehr and International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel met for more than five hours Monday at league headquarters to work out a deal that would allow NHL players to compete in Sochi. This would be the fifth Olympics for the NHL.
Not everything has been agreed to and the various sides need to meet internally to sign off on any pact. Still, Bettman calls Monday's session a "constructive meeting," adding there are still "some I's to dot and T's to cross."
But, he adds: "I think it's fair to say that we're not quite ready to announce it's done."
-The Associated Press