Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not be with the team for Thursday’s matchup against the Predators due to an “internal matter,” general manager Jarmo Kekalainen announced.
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Kekalainen said “an incident occurred” in which the 30-year-old goaltender failed to meet the team’s expectations, though details of the incident are unclear. TSN notes Bobrovsky was pulled during Columbus’ 4-0 loss to the Lightning on Tuesday, and he had an exchange with coach John Tortorella before exiting.
“There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture,” Kekalainen said Thursday in a press release. “An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values, so we made the decision that he would not be with the team for tonight’s game.
“This is an internal matter and we will have no further comment at this time.”
A two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Bobrovsky is 18-13-1 with a 2.87 goals-against average, two shutouts and a .906 save percentage through 32 games this season.
The Blue Jackets, who are third in the Metropolitan Division entering Thursday’s game, will host the Predators at 7 p.m. ET.