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Kekalainen mentioned “an incident occurred” through which the 30-year-old goaltender failed to satisfy the workforce’s expectations, although particulars of the incident are unclear. TSN notes Bobrovsky was pulled throughout Columbus’ 4-Zero loss to the Lightning on Tuesday, and he had an alternate with coach John Tortorella earlier than exiting.
“There are specific expectations and values that now we have established for our gamers that outline our tradition,” Kekalainen mentioned Thursday in a press launch. “An incident occurred through which Sergei failed to satisfy these expectations and values, so we made the choice that he wouldn’t be with the workforce for tonight’s sport.
“That is an inner matter and we may have no additional remark presently.”
A two-time Vezina Trophy winner, Bobrovsky is 18-13-1 with a 2.87 goals-against common, two shutouts and a .906 save share by way of 32 video games this season.
The Blue Jackets, who’re third within the Metropolitan Division getting into Thursday’s sport, will host the Predators at 7 p.m. ET.