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Vladimir Sobotka | Center

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (27) / 7/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 197
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Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year, $2.725 million contract from an arbitrator.
Sobotka has already committed to playing in the KHL in 2014-15, but his contract with the St. Louis Blues will still take effective should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent. Jul 21 - 10:28 AM

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Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration hearing with the St. Louis Blues is scheduled for Monday.

Sobotka has already signed a contract to play with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, so he won't be with St. Louis in 2014-15 regardless of what the ruling is. However, the Blues are going forward with arbitration anyways because they want to retain his NHL rights. If Sobotka decides to return to North America later, then he must honor his arbitrated awarded contract before he can become an unrestricted free agent.
Jul 21 - 9:57 AM

Vladimir Sobotka's agent has confirmed that his client signed a contract with the KHL's Avangard Omsk.

Sobotka's deal comes with a summer out-clause, so he'll be able to void it after the 2014-15 campaign if he chooses to do so. His new deal is believed to be worth over $4 million annually, while the Blues had offered him a two-year, $6 million deal. The Blues will still take Sobotka to arbitration so that they can retain his NHL rights.
Jul 11 - 1:57 PM

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong can't confirm that Vladimir Sobotka has signed a KHL deal, but he wants to stay on good terms with Sobotka regardless of what happens.

Armstrong emphasized that he respects Sobotka's "business decision." At this point, Armstrong plans to go forward with the arbitration hearing already scheduled for July 21 in the hopes that Sobotka will still report to training camp. If he doesn't, then the Blues will toll his contract so that they will control his NHL rights when/if Sobotka does return.
Jul 10 - 12:40 PM

Vladimir Sobotka has reportedly signed a three-year contract with the KHL's Omsk.

Sobotka is set to earn $4 million annually and has the flexibility of returning to the NHL after any season. Sobotka was a restricted free agent and the St. Louis Blues filed for arbitration. However, Blues GM Doug Armstrong also said that he offered Sobotka contracts ranging from one to five years, including a three-year deal that would pay him more than $3 million annually.
Jul 10 - 11:48 AM

Vladimir Sobotka's arbitration hearing date has been set for July 21.

Sobotka got one of the earliest arbitration dates available. The team filed for arbitration following the completion of his three-year, $3.9 million deal.
Source: TSN.ca
Jul 9 - 5:03 PM

Restricted free agent Vladimir Sobotka and the St. Louis Blues will continue to negotiate on a new contract.

Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch described talks between the two sides as "cordial" so far. Sobotka chose not to file for arbitration, so there's a chance that something could be worked out shortly. His last deal was a three-year pact worth $3.9 million.
Jul 5 - 6:21 PM

Vladimir Sobotka sustained a neck injury during the World Hockey Championships while playing for the Czech Republic.

He was injured during the quarterfinal round, but was OK to play in the Czech's semifinal loss to Finland. Sobotka is still fine and his camp is working on a contract extension with the St. Louis Blues. A deal could be struck in the next few weeks for the pending restricted free agent.
Jun 5 - 5:37 PM

Vladimir Sobotka was OK to play in the semifinals of the World Hockey Championship on Saturday.

His status was in doubt after he took a high hit from Team USA's Justin Abdelkader on Thursday in the Czech Republic's quarterfinal match. Sobotka logged 19:41 of the ice time in a 3-0 loss to Finland and he won 14 of 19 faceoffs.
May 24 - 3:28 PM

Vladimir Sobotka was forced to leave Thursday's quarterfinal match against the United States after he was hit hard by Justin Abdelkader.

Abdelkader appeared to make contact with Sobotka's head and he wasn't able to return. Czech Republic coach Vladimir Ruzicka didn't provide any details about the injury, but he is hoping that Sobotka will be available to play in semifinal round against Finland.

Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) will be in the lineup for Game 1 on Thursday night.

He'll center St. Louis' second line against Chicago with Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz as his wingers. Sobotka sat out two games to end the regular season with a lower-body injury.
Apr 17 - 1:47 PM

Vladimir Sobotka is slated to be available for Game 1 of the Blues' first-round series versus Chicago.

He missed the final two games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. We should know more about his status when the Blues get back to practicing.
Apr 14 - 6:16 PM

Vladimir Sobotka has sustained an undisclosed injury.

Sobotka is one of several Blues players being held out of Friday's game as they prepare for the playoffs. He has 33 points and 72 penalty minutes in 61 games in 2013-14.
Apr 11 - 1:17 PM

Vladimir Sobotka collected his ninth goal of the season on Sunday.

It was his first marker since he scored in his return to the lineup from a knee fracture back on Mar. 13. Sobotka had three assists during his 11-game goalless stretch. He also won the faceoff which led to St. Louis' other goal in Sunday's 4-2 loss to Chicago. Sobotka has 32 points in 59 games this campaign.
Apr 7 - 1:43 PM

Vladimir Sobotka generated a goal and two assists in his return to the lineup on Thursday night.

"He's a smart player," coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He controlled the middle of the ice. He had good tempo to his game. It's pretty impressive for a guy who has missed six weeks and hasn’t had a full practice with the team." He skated with T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko in a 6-2 victory over Edmonton. Sobotka also had 12 minutes in penalties and a plus-3 rating in the contest.
Mar 14 - 10:40 AM

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