There were rumors Sergei Bobrovsky could bolt for the KHL after winning the Vezina Trophy last season, but luckily for the Blue Jackets, they ironed out a deal that keeps Bob in Columbus the next two seasons.
While there's no denying how spectacular Bobrovsky was last season, he will have to once again display his dominance between the pipes to prove that his 2013 season was not just a fluke.
He showed flashes of success in Philadelphia. His first season there in 2010-11 was pretty good, with a 28-13-8 record, 2.59 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. It was not enough to keep the Flyers from signing free agent Ilya Bryzgalov, and Bob fluttered as a backup. His save percentage dropped below .900, and his GAA rose to 3.02.
The Jackets' ability to succeed will hinge on Bobrovsky following up last year with an excellent encore performance, and it's in his best interest to get them to the next level given he has two years to try and earn a long-term payday.