Three Things: Blue Jackets Start Fast, Coast To Win Over New Jersey Devils

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AMART71314's picture

Should the Jackets just keep riding Korpi until he loses a couple in a row? I know he doesn't have the *best* stats, but there does seem to be a difference in the way the team plays with him in net; I don't understand it.

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OWSH45's picture

Just my opinion but, considering rumors from reliable sources that Bob has already told the FO that he will not sign an extension, but will wave his NTC and has provided the team with a list of preferred destinations; and considering his blow up last week, combined with his inconsistent play this year, I think it's time to test the market and see what they can get. I remember the last time Bob was injured long term and Korpi was thrust into the starting role. Though not great, he did play quite well. Leading me to consider that the more he plays, the better he plays and that last season's inconsistency was due to lack of use and not being fully recovered from a pre-season injury.

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Q's picture

For the first time, it is looking like Korpi might be able to carry the load of a #1 goaltender in the NHL, at least until Elvis can come to North America, get used to the smaller ice surface and show us what he can do, maybe as a backup for a season or two. As a side note, the $7.4 M Bob is getting this year might come in handy as we have to get Werenski, PLD and Murray signed to new contracts over the next two summers.

Unfortunately, I don’t think we will get much back in a trade for Bob, especially with his inconsistent play this year. I am interested in what others think, but my guess is a 3rd round pick (upgraded to a 2nd round if Bob signs with the team we trade him to) plus maybe a minor league prospect. The bigger question will be what some GM is willing to pay Bob at this point. I’m betting it will fall well short of the Carey Price contract in both term and AAV.

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OWSH45's picture

If any GM gives Bob the contract rumors have suggested he wants (Last I heard, 7-8 years @ $10.5m per year), there's a good chance that I would be so shocked that I would have a fatal heart attack. If he was 26 - 28 years old, maybe he'd get that kind of contract, but I don't see any GM giving any 30+ year old player, regardless of position, that kind of money and term any more.

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Q's picture

I agree. I wouldn't go over four years or five at the most, but as the editor of FOB has said "it only takes one dumb GM." With Bob's playoff history and his inconsistency so far this year, I would be equally shocked if he was offered more than $8M. My recollection is that would make him #2 highest paid goaltender, once Henrik Lundqvist retires next year.

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Doggy's picture

I don’t think Bobs ever had a realistic shot at a Price-like contract but I thought 6 years - $54 Million was possible from a desperate team. 

Now I think he’s looking at 5 years - $40 Million. Unless he convinces a GM the problem was the toxicity in the CBJ organization. We shall see. I know I’m ready to move on. 

I think Bobs is worth a conditional 1st round pick (condition being he re-signs with team). Just not sure how many teams going to the playoffs are looking for a #1 netminder. The question is: who do you think is a legit trading partner?  I don't think that trading partner is out there at this moment but get to mid-February and a contender loses their starting goalie to a longer term injury and then the CBJ have a trading partner.

This word you keep saying...I don't think it means what you think it means.

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OWSH45's picture

All good points. I've always been of the opinion that, when a player expresses the desire to be traded, it's best for the team to trade him as soon as a reasonable return is offered as a precaution since one unhappy player - especially a player vital to team success like Bob and Bread - with a poor attitude can poison the locker room.
Now, I'm not saying that is happening with Bob. But I do wonder, now that the news that he's been willing to waive his NTC for the right team, if his inconsistent play, this season, may be due to an attitude problem.

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Doggy's picture

OWSH45, I agree with you.  When a player is ready to move on sometimes the best course of action is to get the guy out.  And yet Bread is having an excellent season and the past two weeks playing some of the most offensive hockey he's played since coming to Columbus.  Bread's on pace for 30+ Goals and 96 Points.  Both career highs for him.  He's clearly acting like a pro...and increasing his contract value at the same time.

This word you keep saying...I don't think it means what you think it means.

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OWSH45's picture

However, Bread has not said that he wants to be traded. He has only stated that he wouldn't sign an extension prior to this season nor negotiate during the season. While one interpretation of those statements is that he intends to leave as a UFA at the end of the season, another is that he wanted to have a good season to jack up his price while giving the Jackets first crack at signing him post-season and a third interpretation is that he wanted to judge Columbus' commitment to improving and to him before deciding what to do.
All of these are different than Jack Johnson flatly stating that he wants to be traded.

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