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08:31 AM ET 07.05 | The Blue Jackets seem likely to open the coming season with Sergei Bobrovsky and Steve Mason either fighting for or sharing the No. 1 job. But not if Bobrovsky can help it. [When the Blue acquired] Bobrovsky from Philadelphia, he said he was elated to go from the powerful Flyers to the lowly Blue Jackets because it gives him a chance to be a starter again. That wouldn't have happened with the Flyers until maybe as late as 2020, when the contract of starter Ilya Bryzgalov expires. "Playing with Ilya, I learned lots of important things, which will help my career," Bobrovsky told The Dispatch in an email interview. "Now I prepare myself for proving that I'm deserving to be No 1. I'm really excited to have an opportunity to become No. 1."

The Columbus Dispatch

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July 5, 2012  08:32 AM ET

Good luck Bob, you were fun to watch in Philly -- not always good -- but fun

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July 5, 2012  08:50 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

The guy they kept is WAY funner to watch..

and much more fun to listen to!

July 5, 2012  09:03 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Good luck Bob, you were fun to watch in Philly -- not always good -- but fun

As with a few others tenders who somehow managed to survive the Flyers, he might discover that there is life after Philly.

July 5, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Good luck Bob, you were fun to watch in Philly -- not always good -- but fun

The Bryz is funnier to watch...on and off the ice.

July 5, 2012  09:07 AM ET

Bob will either be better or worse. Save % will improve his market value if he brings it up and GAA won`t matter. He will be seeing more rubber than a hooker on a Friday.

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July 5, 2012  09:19 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

and much more fun to listen to!

Yep.

July 5, 2012  09:55 AM ET

did Howson REALLY think that this was the solution?

July 5, 2012  09:58 AM ET

thoughts from last night:

ok, so I was thinking about it..why are the blue jackets so putrid? Then I look at the list of their draft picks. My god. This is probably the worst group of talent evaluators I have EVER seen. Hole jumping.

They just completed their 13th draft. They have picked 11, count em, 11 times in the top ten. The only bonafide star they drafted is Nash. Other than that the jury is still out on Wilson & Johansen...

Voracek is alright, nothing special though & no longer with Columbus anyways. Pascal Leclaire was an average goalie. He had ups & downs, couldnt stay healthy. A cheaper & better Rick Dipietro I guess. Still, Id call Leclaire a bust, picked 8th overall and was expected to be something special. What is funny is that I almost have to consider Leclaire a success when looking at the list of other first rounders...look at this, a total wasteland:

Rotislav Klesla, 4th overall, best season 22 points.
Zherdev, 4th overall....
Alex Picard, 8th overall
Gilbert Brule, 6th overall
Derick Brassard, 6th overall
Nikita Filatov, 6th overall

So the Jackets are somewhere between 1 for 11 or 3 for 11 when it comes to top ten picks. That is monumentally horrible. I think you would almost have to TRY on purpose to be that bad.

Alot of ppl bitching and moaning about the Jackets getting Burned by russians in the first round....really? Just by Russians? Seems like theyve burned by their fair share of candians too. In fact, much more canadians than ruskies I think.

July 5, 2012  10:12 AM ET
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thoughts from last night:ok, so I was thinking about it..why are the blue jackets so putrid? Then I look at the list of their draft picks. My god. This is probably the worst group of talent evaluators I have EVER seen. Hole jumping.They just completed their 13th draft. They have picked 11, count em, 11 times in the top ten. The only bonafide star they drafted is Nash. Other than that the jury is still out on Wilson & Johansen...Voracek is alright, nothing special though & no longer with Columbus anyways. Pascal Leclaire was an average goalie. He had ups & downs, couldnt stay healthy. A cheaper & better Rick Dipietro I guess. Still, Id call Leclaire a bust, picked 8th overall and was expected to be something special. What is funny is that I almost have to consider Leclaire a success when looking at the list of other first rounders...look at this, a total wasteland:Rotislav Klesla, 4th overall, best season 22 points.Zherdev, 4th overall....Alex Picard, 8th overallGilbert Brule, 6th overallDerick Brassard, 6th overallNikita Filatov, 6th overallSo the Jackets are somewhere between 1 for 11 or 3 for 11 when it comes to top ten picks. That is monumentally horrible. I think you would almost have to TRY on purpose to be that bad.Alot of ppl bitching and moaning about the Jackets getting Burned by russians in the first round....really? Just by Russians? Seems like theyve burned by their fair share of candians too. In fact, much more canadians than ruskies I think.

Maybe it says more about their inability to develop their draft picks than it does about the players themselves.

July 5, 2012  10:23 AM ET
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Maybe it says more about their inability to develop their draft picks than it does about the players themselves.

I think a lot of factors come in. Lets face it, they weren't the 1st team to be lured by a flashy player in the minors (Bonk....yashin...?) and they sure won't be the last. It's always been a tough call and an even tougher mix (development+drive+talent) that seems to be getting tougher every year. Look at a guy like Semin...wonderful skills. What GM isn't going to at least get his head turned by that. And they will hear the reports about work ethic etc, and say..."Oh, but we can make it work" like a girl going after the guy that's always in trouble. For every Sid/Ovie/Stamkos...theres a 1/2 dozen Patrick Stefans and radek Bonks.

July 5, 2012  11:31 AM ET
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Maybe it says more about their inability to develop their draft picks than it does about the players themselves.

We arent talking about highly rated guys that went on to have mediocre careers...we are talking about consistently picking the defective product in the draft.

July 5, 2012  11:33 AM ET
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I think a lot of factors come in. Lets face it, they weren't the 1st team to be lured by a flashy player in the minors (Bonk....yashin...?) and they sure won't be the last. It's always been a tough call and an even tougher mix (development+drive+talent) that seems to be getting tougher every year. Look at a guy like Semin...wonderful skills. What GM isn't going to at least get his head turned by that. And they will hear the reports about work ethic etc, and say..."Oh, but we can make it work" like a girl going after the guy that's always in trouble. For every Sid/Ovie/Stamkos...theres a 1/2 dozen Patrick Stefans and radek Bonks.

and yet Semin is still miles & miles & miles better than any of the garbage that the jackets ever picked up (with the exclusion of Nash). The Jackets front office would REJOICE at the possibility of spending a draft pick of a head case like Semin. That would be a monumental upgrade from what they are used to.

July 5, 2012  11:35 AM ET
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For every Sid/Ovie/Stamkos...theres a 1/2 dozen Patrick Stefans and radek Bonks.

and yet the Jackets managed to pick up 7-9 busts(depending on Johansen and Wilson), 1 push (Voracek, who isnt even with them anymore) and a single good pick out of 11 top ten picks. I dare you to find a club with a worse record picking in the top ten. Good luck.

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July 5, 2012  12:55 PM ET

Good luck, Bob. You're gonna need it.

July 5, 2012  01:41 PM ET
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and yet the Jackets managed to pick up 7-9 busts(depending on Johansen and Wilson), 1 push (Voracek, who isnt even with them anymore) and a single good pick out of 11 top ten picks. I dare you to find a club with a worse record picking in the top ten. Good luck.

Any chance it has to do that no one in that org can help them develop properly. No true leaders, no big time players to follow their example. Bringing them up to quick. I know some of those guys are busts, but some has to be just how the org treats them and their career path, if that makes any sense.

 
July 5, 2012  01:54 PM ET

"Playing with Ilya, I learned lots of important things, which will help my career,"

Like which cushions are best for the Stool at the end of the bench. Also - how to properly break in a Baseball cap...

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