Vladimir Sobotka

C / St. Louis Blues / EXP: YRS Height: Weight: lb Age: College: None

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    • Former Blue Sobotka To Stick In KHL

      News: Vladimir Sobotka has decided to remain with KHL Avangard Omsk for the 2015-16 season rather than return to the Blues, Yahoo! Sports reports.
      Analysis: After the Blues awarded him a one-year, $2.7 million contract following an arbitration hearing, a disappointed Vladimir Sobotka surprisingly chose to bolt for the KHL, where Omsk was able to offer him a more lucrative and tax-free three-year, $12 million deal. Though Sobotka would likely prefer to play in the world's top league, the financial security offered by the KHL club was too tempting to ignore. He'll have an out clause for the final year of his contract next summer that would allow him to rejoin the Blues, but he'd once again have to accept the one-year, $2.7 million offer before becoming eligible for free agency.
    • Blues Hopeful For Sobotka Return

      News: Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that the team should know by the end of May whether or not Vladimir Sobotka will rejoin the Blues next season or remain in the KHL, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
      Analysis: After failing to find common ground on a contract with the Blues last summer, Vladimir Sobotka bolted for Russia, where he received a lucrative three-year deal with the KHL's Avangard Omsk worth around $12 million. Playing a feature role for the squad, Sobotka tallied 38 points in 53 games, but could be hungry for a return to the brighter lights of the NHL. Though his contract with Avangard Omsk contains an out clause, Sobotka would likely have to be willing to accept a downgrade in pay, as he would owe the Blues one season at a $2.7 million salary due to a previous arbitration ruling.
    • Blues' Sobotka Awarded One-Year Deal By Blues

      News: Vladimir Sobotka was awarded a one-year deal with the Blues on Monday, which will take effect if he returns from the KHL, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
      Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka signed a three-year deal with the KHL's Avangard Omsk in early July, so this deal merely means that the Blues will retain his rights if and when he decides to return to the NHL. The team used club-elected arbitration to get the deal done, so Sobotka will be a Blue when he returns unless they trade his rights. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he'll receive a $2.725 million salary in the season he makes his return. The 27-year-old center had nine goals and 24 helpers over 61 games with the Blues in 2013-14.
    • Blues' Sobotka Leaves NHL For KHL

      News: Vladimir Sobotka agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the KHL's Avangard Omsk on Thursday, Roman Jedlicka of the TV Nova Sport reports.
      Analysis: The Blues' re-signing of Steve Ott to a fairly sizable contract earlier in the day signaled that the team likely wouldn't have room to keep all of its forwards in tow, and it looks like Vladimir Sobotka will be the first domino to fall. Money was likely the motivating factor in Sobotka opting to leave the NHL, while heading to Russia also allows him to be closer to his home country, the Czech Republic. Sobotka, who netted nine goals and 24 assists in 61 games last season, will be allowed to opt out of his contract with Omsk at the end of any of the three years, with the Blues retaining his rights if he decides to head back to the NHL.
    • Blues' Sobotka Suffers Injury At Worlds

      News: Vladimir Sobotka suffered an undisclosed injury Thursday while playing for the Czech Republic in the 2014 IIHF World Championship, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
      Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka was on the receiving end of a high hit and was down on the ice for a few minutes before trainers helped him off. The Blues should relay word on Sobotka's condition over the next several days. The 26-year-old is slated to become a restricted free agent this offseason.
    • Blues' Sobotka Gets Two Assists

      News: Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) picked up two assists in Saturday's Game 2 win over Chicago.
      Analysis: He's coming off the best offensive season of his career and could be a solid secondary source of points for your playoff pool.
    • Blues' Sobotka To Play In Game 1

      News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) would play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
      Analysis: Hitchcock said the lines he used in morning skate would be the same he'd use for the game, so look for Vladimir Sobotka to center the second line, with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko flanking him.
    • Blues' Sobotka Expected Back For First Round

      News: Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) is expected to play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
      Analysis: Coach Ken Hitchcock isn't tipping his hand on the availability of several injured Blues skaters, but after resting his injury for the final two regular-season contests, it's believed Vladimir Sobotka will be good to go for the playoffs. We'll likely find out his status for certain during Wednesday's session.
    • Blues' Sobotka (Undisclosed) Out Again Sunday

      News: Vladimir Sobotka (undisclosed) is out of Sunday's regular season finale for the Blues.
      Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka missed Friday's game with the injury and is out again for Sunday's contest. This could be concerning in regards to his availability for the beginning of the playoffs. Sobotka being out of Sunday's game isn't surprising, especially because the game is rather meaningless for the team.
    • Blues' Sobotka Out Friday

      News: Vladimir Sobotka will not play Friday due to an unspecified injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
      Analysis: It's not clear how Vladimir Sobotka picked up the injury, but he was able to play Thursday against the Wild, so it likely happened sometime during that game. It remains to be seen if the injury will cost Sobotka any further action beyond Friday's game.
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