The Columbus Blue Jackets made a huge statement at the 2019 NHL Trade Deadline, by keeping their two biggest pending UFA’s, and traded for more pieces to make a run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Blue Jackets pulled off the huge upset of sweeping the NHL’s top team, the Tampa Bay Lightning. They then lost to the Boston Bruins in the second round in six games.
With the Blue Jackets being eliminated from the playoffs, all the questions shift to free agency, and who will re-sign in Columbus. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, a pending unrestricted free agent, looks like he could be on his way out of town, having just sold his Columbus condo.
Bobrovsky sold his condo for $2.9 million, suggesting that he will not be re-signing in Columbus come July 1st. Bobrovsky has been relatively quiet on the topic of free agency, but rumors have been circling that he will not be a Blue Jacket next season, and this only strengthens the case.
There was speculation approaching the trade deadline that the Florida Panthers were his preferred destination, and the report is still that he wants to play in Florida. His fit as a Panther may push them into the playoffs immediately.
An even more telling sign that he will be leaving; he along with upcoming free agent Artemi Panarin stayed outside the arena after their Game 6 loss to the Bruins to sign autographs and take pictures with fans, almost signaling a goodbye to the fans of the team, and furthering the likeliness that there is a shift happening in Columbus.