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Vladimir Sobotka | Center | #71

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 has joined the Czech Republic for the World Hockey Championship tournament.
He agreed to a three-year extension with the Blues on April 6 after spending three seasons with Omsk Avangard of the KHL. He made an immediate impact with St. Louis, scoring in his only regular season appearance and adding six points in 11 playoff matches. May 10 - 12:32 PM

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Vladimir Sobotka was moved to a line with Alexander Steen and Paul Stastny in Game 3 versus Nashville.

He helped set up a goal by Steen after the change. "Obviously everyone knows what I think of 'Stas' and with 'Sobi,' the same thing ... since he came back, he's a treat to play with," Steen said. "He's competitive, he's smart, he's in the right position on the ice, he backs you up when you need him, he's a hungry player. If that's the line, that's the line. But I'm sure throughout the course of this series, we'll be moving things around a little bit depending on home ice and what the game looks like." Sobotka has two goals and three helpers in eight playoff games.
May 1 - 5:13 PM

Vladimir Sobotka scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Nashville Predators.

Game 1 of the series didn't go according to plan for St. Louis. They were trailing 1-0 early in the second period when Predators forward Kevin Fiala had to be stretchered off the ice. The injury caused a lengthy delay, and once the game resumed, it took Nashville just a few seconds to add to their lead. The Blues trailed 3-1 heading into the third frame, but thanks to goals by Jaden Schwartz and Sobotka, they were able to tie it up at three. Unfortunately for St. Louis, Preds forward Vernon Fiddler scored the game-winning goal late in the third. Sobotka now has two goals and two assists in six postseason games for the Blues. They'll look to even up the series at home on Friday night.
Apr 26 - 11:12 PM

Vladimir Sobotka recorded an assist in St. Louis' 4-3 overtime win against Minnesota in Game 5 on Saturday.

Sobotka finished the first round series with a goal and three points in five games. He played for the Blues on April 9 for the first time in roughly three years because he was with the KHL's Omsk Avangard. He had nine goals and 30 points in 41 KHL contests this season.
Apr 23 - 10:47 AM

Vladimir Sobotka potted a goal in Wednesday's 2-1 OT win over Minnesota.

He opened the scoring in Game 1 at the 6:21 mark of the second period and the Blues didn't score again until 17:48 of the first overtime. Sobotka, who scored in Sunday's regular-season finale, has two goals in two games with St. Louis since returning to the team from the KHL.
Apr 13 - 11:05 AM

Vladimir Sobotka scored in his first game back with the Blues in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Avalanche.

The 29-year-old Sobotka made his presence felt right off the bat with his old team. He could be a sneaky playoff pool pick if you believe in St. Louis this spring.
Apr 10 - 12:02 AM

Vladimir Sobotka will make his long-awaited return to the Blues lineup on Sunday.

It's been three years since he last dressed for the Blues, and he's expected to skate to the left of Jori Lehtera and Magnus Paajarvi. He has 29 goals and 101 points in 247 career games with St. Louis.
Apr 9 - 4:58 PM

Vladimir Sobotka may have taken part of the morning skate, but he won't play Saturday against the Hurricanes.

For what it's worth, he skated with Alexander Steen and Magnus Paajarvi. We shall see if he plays in Sunday's finale against Colorado.
Apr 8 - 2:42 PM

Vladimir Sobotka is happy to be back with the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues forward has spent the last three seasons with Omsk in the KHL. "It’s finally over," Sobotka said. "I was really tired to read stuff about me where I’m going to play next year. It’s been going on too long and I’m happy that it’s over now and everything is fine." The 29-year-old had nine goals and 21 assists in 41 KHL games this season. He'll suit up in at least one of St. Louis' final two games this weekend.
Apr 8 - 11:14 AM

Vladimir Sobotka has signed a three-year, $10.5 million contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Sobotka's contract will start with the 2017-18 campaign, but he's able to join the Blues immediately. That's because what's left of the 2016-17 campaign will count as the arbitrator awarded one-year, $2.725 million deal he was given for the 2014-15 season, which was then carried over to whenever he would return to the NHL. He's coming back to the NHL after three campaigns with the KHL's Omsk Avangard. He had nine goals and 30 points in 41 KHL contests in 2016-17. In his last campaign with St. Louis, he had nine goals and 33 points in 61 games in 2013-14.
Apr 6 - 6:32 PM

Vladimir Sobotka and Avangard have mutually agreed to terminate the rest of his contract.

The deal was scheduled to expire April 30, so there could be some plans in the works. The Blues have not commented on the situation.
Apr 4 - 4:18 PM

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.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 11:52:00 AM

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.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 02:34:00 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."
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:04:00 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.
Fri, Sep 23, 2016 05:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Paul Stastny
2Patrik Berglund
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
5Ivan Barbashev
6Vladimir Sobotka
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Robby Fabbri
4Zach Sanford
5Magnus Paajarvi
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Dmitrij Jaskin
3Nail Yakupov
4Scottie Upshall
5Ryan Reaves
D1Alex Pietrangelo
2Colton Parayko
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Joel Edmundson
5Carl Gunnarsson
6Robert Bortuzzo
7Jordan Schmaltz
G1Jake Allen
2Carter Hutton