Just when you thought things were (relatively) calming down internally for the Columbus Blue Jackets.
In a statement released by the Blue Jackets' PR department, goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will not be with the team tonight in a game against the Nashville Predators.
#CBJ announce that Sergei Bobrovsky will not be with the team for tonight's game. The club has also recalled J-F Berube from @monstershockey & place Dubinsky & Hannikainen on IR.— CBJ Public Relations (@BlueJacketsPR) January 10, 2019
BOBROVSKY RELEASE: https://t.co/ouu7mV2p0o
ROSTER MOVES RELEASE: https://t.co/lhjsmsqzod
The press release quotes GM Jarmo Kekalainen's explanation of the internal incident that led to the one-game "suspension":
"There are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture," said Kekalainen. "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."
In inconsistent times for the Blue Jackets on the ice, this is surely not another piece of internal uneasiness they needed off the ice, along with Bobrovsky and Artemi Panarin's impending free agencies.
Even with not being present tonight, though - it is reported that Bobrovsky will be at practice on Friday.
Bobrovsky has had a solid bounce-back after a slow start to the season, averaging a .907 save percentage and a 2.87 goals against in 32 games played.
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