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Vladimir Sobotka | Center | #9

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (29) / 7/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 197
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (106) / BOS
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Vladimir Sobotka will indeed play in the KHL in 2016-17.
He has reported to Avangard Omsk after attempting to rejoin the Blues for the upcoming NHL campaign. Sobotka will play the final season of his KHL contract, so St. Louis will have to wait another year. Sep 28 - 11:52 AM

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Vladimir Sobotka will be back in the KHL next season, according to Avangard president Vladimir Shalaev.

He issued a statement on Tuesday stating that Sobotka would honor the final season of his three-year contract. Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch that he is "still waiting to hear" from Sobotka's camp for confirmation.
Sep 27 - 2:34 PM

Blues GM Doug Armstrong said getting Vladimir Sobotka back to the NHL has been more complicated than he expected.

Sobotka has played the last few seasons in the KHL, but he's more than ready to return to the Blues this season. Unfortunately for the player and his NHL team, the KHL has yet to release him from his contract. "I met with he and his agent here, and it’s complicated to say the least with the Russians," Armstrong said. "They’re dealing with it again (Friday) and hopefully we’re going to have this resolved one way or the other certainly by Sunday. It’s more complicated than I was led to believe over the summer and that part’s disappointing. They’re working on getting something done, and I’m hoping they can. He’s either got to come to our camp and start playing or got to go back to the KHL and start playing. We want him back, and the conversations are he wants to come back."
Sep 24 - 11:04 AM

Vladimir Sobotka is still attempting to get out of his KHL contract.

If Sobotka is successful in those efforts, then he'll rejoin St. Louis. Blues GM Doug Armstrong is hoping that this matter is resolved by Sunday. Sobotka had 18 goals and 34 points in 44 KHL contests last season.
Sep 23 - 5:16 PM

Vladimir Sobotka's KHL team, Omsk Avangard, still feels it has him under contract.

He wants to be in the NHL for the 2016-17 campaign, but it's unclear if he will be with the Blues after the World Cup.
Sep 20 - 2:32 PM

It seems Vladimir Sobotka doesn't think he'll be able to play with the St. Louis Blues come October.

Back in August it sounded like Sobotka was close to rejoining the Blues, but there appears to be roadblocks. He's been playing in the KHL and still has a year left on that contract.
Source: AP.org
Sep 16 - 3:16 PM

Vladimir Sobotka had an MRI Friday and the results were positive.

He won't be in the lineup for Saturday's pre-tournament game versus Russia, but he will accompany the Czech team to Pittsburgh. Sobotka should be able to play in the last tuneup match against Team North America.
Sep 9 - 5:24 PM

Vladimir Sobotka isn't expected to play on Saturday after all in the Czech Republic's pre-tournament rematch versus Russia.

He wasn't able to practice on Friday and he is still being evaluated further even though his X-Ray came back negative.
Sep 9 - 9:03 AM

Updating a previous item, Czech Republic coach Josef Jandac said that Vladimir Sobotka may be able to play on Saturday in the team's next pre-tournament contest.

He left Thursday's match with a clavicle injury, but the ailment is not serious according to Jandac.
Sep 8 - 3:52 PM

According to a report, Vladimir Sobotka did not fracture his clavicle.

That's some good news at least after he was forced to leave Thursday's pre-tournament game against Russia. It's expected that Sobotka will be back with the Blues in 2016-17, but he hasn't officially rejoined the team yet. Stay tuned for updates on his status.
Sep 8 - 3:39 PM

Vladimir Sobotka suffered a clavicle injury during the Czech Republic's pre-tournament game against Russia.

He was forced to leave the game and went to the hospital. Sobotka may have sustained a fracture when he was hit hard by Nikita Zaitsev.
Sep 8 - 2:54 PM

Vladimir Sobotka is still planning on making a return to St. Louis in 2016-17.

Sobotka's agent, Petr Svoboda, has made it clear that his client wants to come back to North America after spending time in the KHL. But in the last few days, reports in Russia have suggested that Sobotka is considering staying in the KHL next season. Blues GM Doug Armstrong spoke to Svoboda earlier this week and it sounds like the plan is still for Sobotka to come back to the NHL. We'll only know what Sobotka's true intentions are when training camp opens next month.
Aug 18 - 11:53 AM

Vladimir Sobotka is close to becoming an official member of the St. Louis Blues again.

GM Doug Armstrong told ESPN's Craig Custance on Monday that he is finalizing the paperwork to bring Sobotka back into the fold. "He's ready to come over," Armstrong added. Sobotka has played the last two seasons in the KHL.
Aug 4 - 6:23 PM

Vladimir Sobotka's agent has reportedly told the St. Louis Blues that his client plans to return to North America.

It's worth emphasizing that nothing is official yet though. Sobotka has spent the last two seasons in the KHL and is coming off a campaign where he scored 18 goals and 34 points in 44 contests. In his last season with St. Louis, he had nine goals and 33 points in 61 games.
Jul 9 - 1:48 PM

There is a very good chance that Vladimir Sobotka will return to St. Louis for the start of the 2016-17 NHL season.

Sobotka, who played in the KHL for the past two seasons skating for Avangard Omsk, was released from his KHL contract clearing the way for a return to the Blues. If he does make it back to the NHL, he will toil on the Blues' third line.
Jul 2 - 12:54 PM

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