A little over an hour after TSN insider Darren Dreger reported that the Columbus Blue Jackets had acquired goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky from the Philadelphia Flyers for three draft picks, Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson confirmed the trade and addressed the goaltender postion moving forward.
Via Aaron Portzline's Puck-Rakers Blog:
"(Bobrovsky) has won in the league," Howson said. "He had a great first season (2010-11), he's won over 40 games in the league. I think he has the potential to be a very good NHL goalie. He's still a young goalie.
"We now have two NHL goalies who have a chance to be No. 1 goaltenders, and we're going to see how it plays out."
Howson brushed off Bobrovsky's rocky sophomore season and credits the regression to his having to play second fiddle to the Flyers clear-cut starter Ilya Bryzgalov.
While Howson expressed a vote of confidence for Bobrovsky, he still left the door open to acquiring another goaltender prior to the end of the weekend. However, he made it clear that he was comfortable entering the 2012-13 season with Bobrovsky and Steve Mason as his goaltenders.