Drama in Columbus as goaltender Bobrovsky told to stay home after unspecified 'incident'

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky will miss Thursday night's game because of an unspecified team "incident."

Team says pending free agent failed to live up to team's 'expectations and values'

Sergei Bobrovsky is in the final year of his contract with the Blue Jackets, and has declined signing a long-term extension. (Nick Wass/The Associated Press)

Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky missed Thursday night's game against the Nashville Predators because of an unspecified team "incident."

General manager Jarmo Kekalainen says in a statement that "there are certain expectations and values that we have established for our players that define our culture. An incident occurred in which Sergei failed to meet those expectations and values."

The team made the announcement several hours b​efore the Blue Jackets were set to play host to the Nashville Predators. Backup Joonas Korpisalo got the start as the Jackets won 4-3 in overtime.

Bobrovsky allowed four goals on 19 shots before being replaced by Korpisalo midway through the third period in a 4-0 loss to Tampa Bay on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old Bobrovsky is 18-13-1 in the final year of his contract and so far has declined to sign a long-term extension.

Coach John Tortorella declined to comment on the matter.


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