Sergei Bobrovsky free agency news: Panthers get goaltender on 7-year deal

The Panthers made a big splash on the opening day of free agency, signing goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year deal. 

According to multiple reports, Bobrovsky will make an average of $10 million annually over the course of the contract. 

“Sergei is an elite starting goaltender who has consistently proven to be one of the best in the NHL,” general manager Dale Tallon said in a release. “Adding a world class goalie with Sergei’s abilities and experience will give us a solid foundation in net and the confidence to win every night as we look towards this next era of Panthers hockey in South Florida.”

Bobrovsky, 30, is coming off a season in which he posted a 37-24-1 record, .913 save percentage, 2.58 goals against average and league-leading nine shutouts for the Blue Jackets. 

He spent the last seven seasons in Columbus after breaking into the NHL with the Flyers. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2013 and 2017. 

Bobrovsky replaces the retiring Roberto Luongo as Florida’s primary goaltender, and should provide a significant upgrade at the position. Florida traded backup James Reimer to the Hurricanes on Sunday.