NHL notes: Bobrovsky talking to two teams about new deal

Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky keeps an eye on the puck during a regular season game in...

Columbus Blue Jackets Sergei Bobrovsky keeps an eye on the puck during a regular season game in March. (Amber Bracken/Edmonton Sun/QMI Agency)

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Vezina Trophy-nominated goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, a restricted free agent at the end of the season, is talking contract with two teams.

Bobrovsky told Russian media outlet Sport-Express he's negotiating with the Columbus Blue Jackets and SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL. The 24-year-old didn't comment further but previous reports have said SKA is willing to throw big bucks, upwards of $8 million per season, to sign him.

Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen has already said he'd match any NHL offer for Bobrovsky, one of three nominees for the NHL's goalie of the year award. But he can't do the same for a KHL deal.

Bobrovsky played for both teams last season. He went 18-3-2 with SKA during the NHL lockout then put up a 21-11-6 record, 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 38 games with the Blue Jackets.

RANGERS TALK TO DALLAS

The New York Rangers have talked to hot coaching prospect Dallas Eakins about their vacancy behind the bench.

The Rangers were granted permission to talk to Eakins, who has coached the Toronto Maple Leafs AHL affiliate since 2009, but the team is also reportedly interested in former Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault. one-time Rangers great Mark Messier and, possibly, Lindy Ruff or Dave Tippett, according to the New York Daily News.

Eakins has already interviewed twice with the Canucks and also talked to the Edmonton Oilers about the possibility of becoming an associate coach.

The 46-year-old has a .632 winning percentage with the Toronto Marlies and took them to the AHL final in 2012.

HENDRICKS ON WAY OUT?

Forward Matt Hendricks, a soon-to-be free agent, appears to have played his last game for the Washington Capitals.

Hendricks, a UFA who is finishing a two-year, $1.65 million contract, hasn't started discussing a new deal with the Capitals, according to the Washington Post.

"There has been no progress at all. We haven't even talked," Hendricks's agent, Michael Wulkan, told the Post. "Matt said from day one that his preference is to stay in Washington, but we were negotiating and then it stopped. They know our position."

Hendricks had five goals and three assists in 48 games with the Capitals in 2012-13. He also had 73 minutes in penalties.

The New York Rangers are reportedly interested in signing Hendricks but the 31-year-old will likely have other teams come calling.


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