MOSCOW, September 21 (RIA Novosti)
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has agreed to sign a lockout contract with SKA St. Petersburg, the KHL team said Friday.
The 23 year old was traded to Columbus in June after two seasons at the Philadelphia Flyers, where he racked up 90 NHL appearances.
Bobrovsky started his career with Metallurg Novokuznetsk before moving to North America in 2010.
If confirmed, he will become the third lockout signing of the Gazprom-backed team.
New Jersey Devils star Ilya Kovalchuk was appointed SKA’s captain on Tuesday and St. Louis Blues wind Vladimir Tarasenko is expected to ink his contract later Friday.
According to KHL regulations, each team may sign a maximum of three players from the North American league.
SKA will be the second KHL team to fill this quota after Metallurg Magnitogorsk signed last season’s MVP Evgeni Malkin, Ottawa Senators defenseman Sergei Gonchar and Nikolai Kulemin of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
On Sunday, the St. Petersburg team will travel to Moscow to face local Dynamo, which thrashed SKA in the conference finals last season.
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- hobbitofnyheadline question16:10, 21/09/2012why Columbus to SKA?
I would suggest Columbus to St. Petersburg or Blue Jackets to SKA. Either is treating the two team in the same way. My local team is the Blue Jackets. They are located in Columbus. Either use location for both or team for both, but what you did seem down play the Blue Jackets.
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