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Vladimir Sobotka | Center | #17

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'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

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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

Agent Petr Svoboda is working on Vladimir Sobotka's release from the KHL.

He is in the middle of a window in his contract with Omsk that allows him to return to St. Louis. Blues GM Doug Armstrong believes that Sobotka will be back in the NHL for the 2016-17 season.
Jun 28 - 3:56 PM

St. Louis GM Doug Armstrong "thinks" that Vladimir Sobotka will be returning.

"I haven't had anything come across my desk that he's out of his KHL contract," Armstrong said. "When I get that, he'll be back. I'm not trying to be flippant, I don't know. I thought he was going to come back a couple of times during the season." Sobotka has played in the KHL for the last two seasons, but if he decides to return then Armstrong would "love to him back."
Jun 1 - 4:06 PM

Vladimir Sobotka will reportedly announce soon that he intends to return to the NHL, according to Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest.

He has spent the last two seasons with the KHL's Avangard Omsk, where he has produced 72 points in 97 games. The Blues hold his rights for one season at $2.725 million if he does return to the NHL. Sobotka can become an unrestricted free agent after that. He was also recently added to the Czech Republic's roster for the World Cup of Hockey.
May 28 - 5:54 PM

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

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

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