Player News - Blues

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Jeremy Welsh has agreed to a one-year, two-way contract with St. Louis.

Welsh had a goal in 19 games with Vancouver in 2013-14. We wouldn't count on him making the Blues' opening game roster.
Jul 21 - 6:47 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 still take effective should he decide to return to the NHL later in his career. After spending a season with the Blues, he will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent.
Jul 21 - 10:28 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.
Jul 21 - 9:57 AM

Chris Butler has agreed to a one-year, two-way deal with the St. Louis Blues.

Butler had 16 points and a minus-23 rating in 82 games with the Calgary Flames last season. He also ranked second in the NHL with 211 blocked shots. The Blues defense for the start of the season already looks pretty much set, but there's a small chance that Butler will be able to beat out Ian Cole for the final roster spot.
Jul 16 - 6:33 PM

The St. Louis Blues have signed Benn Ferriero to a one-year, two-way contract.

Ferriero had 19 goals and 20 assists in 54 AHL games last season. He's an organizational depth forward.
Jul 16 - 12:58 PM

Steve Ott said he was committed to re-signing with St. Louis.

"I wanted to go to St. Louis," Ott said. "That was my No. 1 spot. I told my agent, 'Listen, let's make this work any which way we can.' My heart was already locked up with St. Louis. I'm happy that my family and myself, we're where we wanted to be. That was my No. 1 thing, to be a Blue again." Ott joined the Blues as part of the Ryan Miller trade. He had three assists and 37 penalty minutes in 23 games with them last season.
Jul 14 - 9:54 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.
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


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