Bobrovsky feels ‘responsible’ for Richards’ firing

Sergei Bobrovsky has had a lot of things on his mind. Now, he's added another worry.
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Sergei Bobrovsky is off to a rough start to his 2015-16 season.

The goaltender has a 0-5-0 record, a save percentage of .835 and a goals against average of 5.07.

He has already said he has completely lost his confidence.

Now, Columbus' recent firing of Todd Richards is weighing on his mind.

“He’s a good coach, a good man,” Bobrovsky told The Columbus Dispatch's Shawn Mitchell. “It’s definitely a tough feeling right now. I didn’t play well for him this season. I feel responsibility for (his firing), of course.”

Now, the Blue Jackets have turned to John Tortorella to turn the season around. And one of Tortorella's main focuses should be helping out his goaltender, who knows his problems are really just in his head.

“I’m still the same person with the same skills and focus,” Bobrovsky said. “It’s just a mental thing. I have to be stronger.”