It’s become official: Flyers backup goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky is headed to Columbus.
The move, taking place just hours before the draft is to begin in Pittsburgh, involves three picks: the Blue Jackets’ second-round slot tonight at #45, a fourth-round slot at #117 as well as a fourth-round pick in 2013 which was originally property of the Phoenix Coyotes.
Bobrovsky, who despite a sizzling first half to his rookie season in 2010-11, never quite gelled into the legitimate starter, will get a fresh start and some new competition for the top slot with now-fallen, 2009 Calder Trophy winner Steve Mason.
He concludes his Flyers career with a 42-23-10 mark, 2.73 goals-against average, .909 save percentage and no shutouts over 83 games (77 starts). That includes a 14-10-2, 3.02 GAA in 29 appearances this past season.