It will be one week tomorrow (Tuesday the 10th) since Sergei Bobrovsky strained his groin in the game against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Just this afternoon though, the Puck Daddy blog published an interview with the Columbus Blue Jackets netminder – the discussion revolved around the upcoming Olympics and Bobrovsky’s take on his injury.
The interview was conducted by fellow Russian - Dmitry Chesnokov. Make sure to head over to the Puck Daddy website to read the full interview, below are some of the more interesting questions and answers though…
How are you nowadays?
“I am trying to stay positive. Every athlete has injuries at some point of their careers.”
What happened on that play? There was no contact with the opposing player.
“Tampa’s player shot the puck to the top corner, and I was sliding in the opposite direction, I made a sudden move, caught the puck but felt right away that something bad had happened.”
Is it possible you will recover ahead of time?
“Yes, it is possible. The prognosis is approximate. We’ll need to see what will happen.”
Are you doing any exercise to keep in shape?
“At this time doctors told me that I only need rest. That’s why I didn’t do anything these last few days.”
Will you recover before Jan. 7?
“I hope so, yes.”
Some people are saying Columbus will fall completely without Bobrovsky.
“The team answered that – we beat Minnesota 4-0. All guys played really well, and Curtis McElhinney had a shutout. He is a strong goaltender. And I think everything will be OK.”
I am taking two good things away from this interview; 1) Bobrovsky seems to be upbeat and knowledgeable about his foreseeable future; 2) He too is confident in McElhinney and showed great character while answering that question.
This break could be a blessing in disguise for the reigning Vezina award winner – he has a chance to reset and get back into a similar mindset as last season. I am betting that once Bobrovsky returns we will see a revamped goaltender and the Blue Jackets will thrive off of his positive return.
Don’t forget to head over to Puck Daddy to read the full interview.