Player News - Blues

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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

Steve Ott has agreed to a two-year, $5.2 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues.

The Blues acquired Ott from the Buffalo Sabres as part of the Ryan Miller trade. He's known primarily for his gritty play, but he does chip in offensively. He had 23 points and 92 penalty minutes in 82 games in 2013-14.
Jul 10 - 10:44 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

Pat Cannone has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

Cannone had 16 goals and 34 points in 59 AHL games in 2013-14. He's an organizational depth forward.
Jul 8 - 6:56 PM

Sebastian Wannstrom has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis.

Wannstrom can earn $600,000 if he spends the entire season in the NHL. We don't think that will happen though. He had 10 points and 20 penalty minutes in 37 AHL games in 2013-14.
Jul 8 - 1:13 PM

St. Louis coach Ken Hitchcock likes to remind people the team added more than just Paul Stastny over the summer.

Speaking about the Blues' offseason acquisitions, Hitchcock was quick to compliment the other new members of the team, saying "...it was a combination of (Joakim) Lindstrom, (Jori) Lehtera and Paul. These are three point-producing players who really enhance our hockey club. All three are capable of playing top-six roles. Paul is a real good fit for us with the way he plays and the way we play. Lehtera is a real good fit, and we feel like Lindstrom has really improved his game. He has a number of good friends on the hockey club and he's going to be given a real chance to play in the top nine and see where it goes." It's hard to envision Lindstrom or Lehtera taking on a significant role of the power play for St. Louis, but both could have value in deeper formats.
Jul 6 - 1:34 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

There is speculation that Derek Roy will soon sign a contract with an NHL team.

That's not saying much. Apparently there is one team in the east and one in the west that are interested in Roy's services. Roy was terrible in 2013-14 with only 37 points in 75 games, far below his .77 points per game career production. Depending where he lands and the role he is given, Roy is a comeback candidate in 2014-15.
Jul 5 - 11:40 AM

John McCarthy has inked a one-year, two-way contract with the St. Louis Blues.

McCarthy will come with a $600,000 annual cap hit if he plays in the NHL. He had a goal and an assist in 36 games with the San Jose Sharks in 2013-14.
Jul 4 - 12:35 PM

It was speculated prior to the start of free agency that Steve Ott might circle back to the Buffalo Sabres, but that appears to be far less likely now.

The Sabres have been busy during the free agent period thus far, while adding Brian Gionta, Matt Moulson, Josh Gorges and Andrej Meszaros. "I don't know if he's a possibility," said GM Tim Murray. "I certainly reflected on what we did and was very happy with what we did." Ott is still out there as an unrestricted free agent.
Jul 3 - 9:39 AM

Paul Stastny will be the third member of his family to play for the St. Louis Blues.

His father, Peter, finished his Hall of Fame career with the Blues in 1994-95 and his older brother, Yan, was in the organization from 2006-2010. "As my family, you always have insight," Paul said. "I was all ears during this process, I always listen to what they have to say. In the end it's my decision and (but) I think they're both excited. Family still lives in St. Louis. They think it's a good decision." GM Doug Armstrong thinks Stastny could work on a line with David Backes and Alex Steen. St. Louis will have some line tinkering to do at training camp.
Jul 2 - 10:55 AM

Jori Lehtera's recently signed contract with St. Louis is worth $5.5 million over two years.

Lehtera has 12 goals and 32 assists in 48 KHL games in 2013-14. The 26-year-old forward has never played professional hockey in North America outside of a seven-game AHL stint in 2008-09, so he's a significant risk going into 2014-15. That being said, the Blues have suggested that he might play alongside Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko, so it looks like he'll be given every opportunity to establish himself in the NHL.
Jul 1 - 4:13 PM

Paul Stastny has signed a four-year, $28 million with the Blues.

He was the top free agent on the market and the Blues really improved themselves with the signing of Stastny. Speculation is that he will be the team's top center moving David Backes to more-suited second-line role. T.J. Oshie will likely team with Stastny as they played together on the U.S. Olympic team. Look for Stastny to anchor the Blues' power play and register close to a point-per game this upcoming season.
Jul 1 - 12:37 PM


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