Despite all the erratic play and crazy comments last season, Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov was in no danger of being challenged for a starting job by Sergei Bobrovsky. Young, talented and not content with his role, Bobrovsky desired a chance to be a regular, as he was during his rookie season in 2010-11 when he played well until late into the regular season and playoffs. The Flyers granted Bobrovsky his wish hours before the start of the NHL Entry Draft Friday by dealing the 23-year-old Russian to Columbus Blue Jackets, who had the league's worst team this past season and are in need of a starting goalie. The Flyers received three draft picks for Bobrovsky, a second-round pick in this year's draft (45th overall), plus a pair of fourth-rounders - the 117th overall pick this year and one next year that originally belonged to Phoenix. "It's tough for me," Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said. "You guys know how high I hold Bob in my regard. He's just a tremendous kid and maybe one of the hardest-working players I've ever come across at any position. "In my meeting at the end of the year, he wasn't happy with his year and we talked about things. It wasn't like he expressed an opportunity to move if it came up, but he wants an opportunity to compete ... to be a No. 1 goalie. It's a decision we made to replenish draft picks and maybe give Sergei a chance to be in a better situation. Columbus was one of the teams that inquired about him a lot over the last while here."
Flyers deal Bobrovsky for a package of picks
Courier-Post | Jun 23