Feb 3, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) takes a break for water against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

It's Okay if Bobrovsky Doesn't Play

Feb 3, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky (72) blocks a shot against the Anaheim Ducks during the third period at Honda Center. The Columbus Blue Jackets defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

As I was live tweeting the Russia vs Slovenia Olympic Men’s Hockey game this morning, I saw a lot of CBJ and non-CBJ fans tweeting that they wanted to see Sergei Bobrovsky in net for Russia.  During my lunch, I started thinking: maybe it’s a good thing Bob doesn’t play. Hear me out before you start complaining!

We all know how honored Bob is to be chosen to play for Russia.  “The Olympics are in his homeland (even though his hometown is 59 hours away by car according to Google maps)! How awesome would it be for Russia to win gold in the Olympics they spent billions on!” But think of the pressure. Putin is reported to have said that the only medal that matters is Men’s Hockey Gold.

How would Bob feel if he let in the goal that cost the Russians the gold?  Don’t you think that would affect him when he comes back to play for the Columbus Blue Jackets?  I think he would need many visits with the sports psychologist to get back to pre-Olympic Bob form.

“Your whole argument is built on a ‘what if’.” Not quite.

Let’s say Semyon Varlamov loses focus and Bob is named the starter for Russia.  He would be going in night after night and practically standing on his head in huge games  that mean everything to Russian fans.  He would surely be playing hard and giving it his all. What kind of Bob comes back? A tired, worn out Bob.

A tired and worn out Bob is not the kind of Bob the CBJ want for the playoff push.  A tired and worn out Bob is much more likely to make critical mistakes and be pulled from games.  I don’t want to think about what would happen if Bob was injured again…

We all want our Russians to do well in the Olympics. But trust me, it’s okay if they don’t play every game.  We want them healthy and well rested for the big playoff push ahead.

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