The story surfaced via the twitter feed of Dmitry Chesnokov of Puck Daddy, who cited Vladimir Dekhtyarev. Apparently, SKA is interested in offering Bobrovsky a lucrative contract in an attempt to lure him away from the NHL. Bobrovsky previously played for SKA during the lockout and registered an 18-3-2 record with a .932 save percentage and 1.94 goals-against average.
This development comes a day after Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen stated that the two sides had made no progress in negotiations. Kekalainen confirmed that the team was prepared to retain Bobrovsky and would match any potential offer sheet. However, he did not believe the negotiations would come to that point.
This latest development is merely another point of leverage for the 24-year-old goaltender. Coming off a breakout season (albeit lockout shortened), Bobrovsky was named as a finalist for the Vezina Trophy. In the minds of many, he is the shoe-in favorite to win the award. Combine this with the potential of an offer sheet, as well as a lucrative offer from the KHL and you have a scenario where Bobrovsky stands to make a considerable amount of money.