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Vladimir Sobotka’s Arbitration Ruling

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Vladimir Sobotka has been awarded a one-year contract through arbitration.

Sobotka will play the for Avangard Omsk in the KHL for the 2014-15 season. The terms of his arbitration contract will be enforced when Sobotka returns to the NHL.

“We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL,” said Armstrong. “We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season.”

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TreKronor's avatar

Still doesn’t make sense to me.  Unless he’s just not planning to come back to the NHL, I don’t get why he’d go to arbitration over about $300,000, then leave for the KHL to presumably come back to the NHL and play for the arbitrated amount.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/21/14 at 10:03 AM ET

alwaysaurie's avatar

I don’t get why he’d go to arbitration…

He didn’t go to arbitration, he simply signed a KHL contract. The team took him to arbitration because by doing that they retain his rights if/when he returns to the NHL.

If he returns to the NHL he doesn’t have to sign for the arbitration amount. In fact, he probably won’t. He’ll probably be able to get the Blues to negotiate an amount(if they can’t agree, then the arbitration amount will be used).

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/21/14 at 10:37 AM ET

TreKronor's avatar

He didn’t go to arbitration, he simply signed a KHL contract. The team took him to arbitration because by doing that they retain his rights if/when he returns to the NHL.

They definitely went to arbitration.  http://www.cbssports.com/nhl/eye-on-hockey/24630931/blues-vladimir-sobotka-gets-one-year-deal-in-arbitration-still-khl-bound 

Blues offered $2.7, Sobotka wanted $3.  Blues thought they had a deal, and Sobotka “threatened” going to the KHL over $300,000.  Arbitration took place, and Sobotka still says he’ll go to KHL.  But he’ll still have to play for the terms of arbitration.  If he’d have taken the $2.7 for a year with the Blues, he’d have been a UFA next summer.

Posted by TreKronor on 07/21/14 at 10:45 AM ET

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If he returns to the NHL he doesn’t have to sign for the arbitration amount. In fact, he probably won’t. He’ll probably be able to get the Blues to negotiate an amount

If/when he returns to the NHL he will absolutely be bound by the arbitration awarded.

Posted by Garth on 07/21/14 at 10:55 AM ET

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