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Vladimir Sobotka | Center | #17

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (28) / 7/2/1987
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 197
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 4 (106) / BOS

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Vladimir Sobotka will not return to the Blues for the 2015-16 season.
He has chosen to stay in the KHL. Sobotka played for Avangard Omsk last year, where he notched 10 goals and 38 points in 53 contests. Mon, Jun 29, 2015 04:19:00 PM

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Vladimir Sobotka's agent, Petr Svoboda, still hasn't confirmed with the Blues if his client has agreed to stay in the KHL.

It has been two weeks since the Russian report surfaced. "I haven't heard from (Svoboda) yet, so I think that the reports ... are premature," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "Petr Svoboda and I have a good relationship and he told me that he would let me know when it was finalized and I haven't heard from him, so I'm thinking it's not." The deadline for Sobotka to exercise his out-clause to return to the NHL has expired, but St. Louis still doesn't know what he decided.
Mon, Jun 15, 2015 04:18:00 PM

Interestingly, St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong said he hasn't received confirmation on where Vladimir Sobotka will play in 2015-16.

Armstrong even went so far as to call reports on Sobotka returning to Avangard Omsk of the KHL "premature." What Sobotka is waiting for however is still unclear. If or when Sobotka ever returns to the Blues, or any other NHL team, he'll have a one-year $2.7M contract to honor.
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 08:28:00 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will reportedly stay in the KHL for the 2015-16 campaign.

There was some speculation that Sobotka would use his out clause to terminate his three-year deal with Omsk so that he could rejoin the St. Louis Blues. He had 10 goals and 38 points in 53 KHL contests this season. Before that he scored nine goals and 33 points in 61 games with the Blues in 2013-14.
Fri, May 29, 2015 04:14:00 PM

All signs point to Vladimir Sobotka remaining in Russia for the 2015-16 season.

Sobotka signed a three-year deal with Omsk last year, but his contract contains an out clause that would allow him to come back to the NHL. Blues GM Doug Armstrong hasn't closed the door on a potential return to St. Louis for Sobotka, but he did say that the player and his agent will have to make a decision quickly. "I had a good talk with his agent," Armstrong said. "The agent told me that the money he made last year, they guaranteed him for next year. He’s got two weeks to decide what he’s going to do. I said ‘We’d love to have him back.’ I understand if the economics are so great in the KHL and he has to stay. I respect that. Then we’ll talk again a year from now."
Sun, May 24, 2015 11:49:00 AM

Vladimir Sobotka will remain in the KHL with Avangard Omsk and not return to the St. Louis Blues in 2015-16.

If Sobotka ever does return to the NHL, with the Blues or to whomever they trade his rights to, he'll still have a season at $2.275 to fulfill per his arbitration from last summer. In the meantime, Sobotka is entering his age-27 season and will be looking to improve upon his 10 goal and 38 point total from last season.
Fri, May 22, 2015 07:12:00 PM

St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong said he has spoken with the agent of center Vladimir Sobotka.

"I'd welcome him back with open arms. I think the ruble is going to make his decision maybe a little bit easier," said Armstrong. "... If he wants to come back, I'd love to have him. I love what he brought to our team, love his attitude. I'm a huge fan of the man and I respected the business decision. It was never a personal thing from my perspective." Sobotka played with Avangard Omsk of the KHL in 2014-15, where he had 10 goals and 38 points in 53 games.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 03:12:00 PM

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 take effect should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will then be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 10:28:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jul 21, 2014 09:57:00 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.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 01:57:00 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.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 12:40:00 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.
Thu, Jul 10, 2014 11:48:00 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.
Wed, Jul 9, 2014 05:03:00 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.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 06:21:00 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.
Thu, Jun 5, 2014 05:37:00 PM

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