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Vladimir Sobotka fined for high-sticking

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Vladimir Sobotka Back With The Blues

ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Vladimir Sobotka will join the Blues to fulfill his one-year obligation to the club.

In addition, Armstrong announced that the Blues have signed Sobotka to a three-year contract extension worth $10.5 million.

Sobotka, whose extension will begin with the 2017-18 season, will join the Blues in Carolina.

Sobotka, 29, has spent the past three seasons with Omsk Avangard of the Kontinental Hockey League. In 2016-17, the 5-foot-10, 197-pound forward logged 30 points (nine goals, 21 assists) and 30 penalty minutes in 41 regular season games and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 12 postseason games. Overall, Sobotka totaled 102 points (37 goals, 65 assists) and 103 penalty minutes in 138 career KHL regular season games, as well as 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) and 16 penalty minutes in 18 career postseason games.

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All Signs Point To Vladimir Sobotka Staying In The KHL

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues haven’t confirmed a statement by Vladimir Sobotka’s Russian team that he will report to the Kontinental Hockey League on Wednesday. But they are making plans to move on without the forward, who apparently has failed in his efforts to be released from his contract overseas.

The KHL tweeted a comment from Avangard president Vladimir Shalaev on Tuesday that said Sobotka will honor the final season of his three-year, $12 million contract and not be rejoining the Blues.

“The situation with Sobotka (is) developing exactly as we expected,” Shalaev said in a statement. “In the summer, we talked about the fact that Vladimir — our team player because he has a valid contract with the ‘Vanguard’ for another year. Rumors about leaving Sobotka in the ‘St. Louis’ remained rumors ...”

After the report surfaced on Avangard’s website Tuesday morning, Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch that he is “still waiting to hear” definitive word from Sobotka’s camp.

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Time To End The Vladimir Sobotka Game

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This Vladimir Sobotka kerfuffle has given Blues fans much to ponder as training camp nears.

The versatile forward departed for Russia as a free agent two years ago when Blues general manager Doug Armstrong fell $300,000 short of meeting his demands. Last summer he decided to remain overseas.

Sobotka finally promised to return to the Blues this season after two productive years in the KHL, but Omsk Avangard insists it still has him under contract. So there it sits.

Uncertainty has been nagging fans since Sobotka left. What might have been had he stayed? What could be if he returns? And is there is a Plan B if he doesn’t?

The fan angst is understandable. Sobotka is more than just another checking-line player. He plays all three forward spots, wins faceoffs, forechecks tenaciously, finishes checks, kills penalties and creates scoring opportunities with hard work and his nose for the puck.

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Pre-trade deadline ‘headlines’ from Cox and Friedman

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Two days prior to the trade deadline, Sportsnet's Damien Cox and Elliotte Friedman dished trade-related "headlines" during the 2nd intermission of Hockey Night in Canada's Saturday broadcast.

Cox stated that the Maple Leafs may be the most active team at the deadline. They're listening to offers for Jonathan Bernier, emphasis on "listening," but there are teams like San Jose, Dallas perhaps (given that Kari Lehtonen continues to struggle); Olli Jokinen, Korbinian Holzer and David Booth are also possible moves.

Cox wondered whether the Maple Leafs would trade Joffrey Lupul to the Habs, and there is only "very lukewarm interest" there, and the Clarkson deal was going to be more complicated, but the Blue Jackets and Leafs were unable to consummate a larger deal, so they swapped Horton for Clarkson.

According to Friedman, Patrick Sharp was not asked for a list of 10 teams to which he would accept a trade within 48 hours of the trade deadline, and because that list wasn't asked for before 3 PM on Saturday, he's going nowhere; he also reports that Mats Zuccarello and the Rangers are at contract loggerheads, and the Rangers offered 6 years at $4.5 million on average, so he's being shopped, but the Rangers are not allowing would-be suitors to discuss a contract with Zuccarello before making trade offers;

Jeff Petry's not playing tonight for Edmonton and Montreal, Anaheim and St. Louis have been rumored; Friedman wonders if the Blues have considered moving Vladimir Sobotka to help the team despite Sobotka's status as a KHL'er;

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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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Why Vladimir Sobotka Left St. Louis

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

On July 6, one day after Sobotka chose not to file for arbitration, the Blues did, “hoping to expedite the process,” Armstrong said.

Meanwhile, Sobotka had switched agents again, leaving a frustrated Bartlett. He hired Petr Svoboda, the former NHL player, of Sports Associates International.

With the KHL being a legitimate option, Svoboda and Armstrong began negotiations.

“He started at $2.4 million (for one season) and he came up to $2.7 million, so he gave me his best number,” Svoboda said. “We were at one year, $3 million. So basically it was over $300,000. There was no room for negotiation. It was one year at $2.7 (million) — take it.”

Armstrong acknowledged that $2.7 million was the Blues’ last offer for one year, because the team would be unwilling to pay more knowing that Sobotka would then be an unrestricted free agent next summer, but added that a two-year proposal paying $3 million per season was also on the table.

Sobotka, who averaged $1.3 million the last three years, was not interested. Being UFA eligible in 2015, his camp believed that he was worth more than $3 million in Year 2.

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Report- Vladimir Sobotka Headed To The KHL

via TSN,

The St. Louis Blues have lost Vladimir Sobotka to the KHL.

TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun of ESPN.com is reporting Sobotka has signed with Omsk of the KHL.

Sobotka had nine goals and 33 points in 61 games for the Blues last season. The 27-year-old has 35 goals and 123 points in 381 career NHL games, spent split between the Blues and Boston Bruins.

Sobotka was a restricted free agent.

 

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Sobotka Placed On IR By The Blues, Will Not Play For The Czech Republic At The Olympics

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has placed forward Vladimir Sobotka on injured reserve with a left leg injury.  Sobotka, who was recently named to the Czech Republic’s roster, will miss the 2014 Winter Olympics and be re-evaluated in four weeks.

Sobotka, 26, has dressed in 46 games, posting 25 points (seven goals, 18 assists) and 46 penalty minutes while leading the National Hockey League (NHL) with a 60.9% success rate on faceoffs this season.

The 5’11, 200-pound forward is currently in his seventh NHL season and fourth with the Blues.  Overall, he has accumulated 115 points (33 goals, 82 assists) and 256 penalty minutes in 366 career regular season games.

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Blues Re-Sign Vladimir Sobotka

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has re-signed forward Vladimir Sobotka to a three-year contract extension. 

“Vlady is a hard-nosed two-way player that filled many roles for us last season,” said Armstrong.  “His work ethic is an excellent representation of our organization.”

Sobotka, 23, completed his fourth NHL season and first with the Blues in 2010-11 setting career highs in games played (65), points (29), goals (7), assists (22) and penalty minutes (69).  The 5’10”, 190-pound forward has appeared in 199 games during his four-year NHL career accumulating 51 points including 13 goals and 38 assists to go along with 133 penalty minutes.

added 1:36pm, via Jeremy Rutherford tweet,

Sobotka extension is $3.9 million total. He will make $1.2, $1.3, $1.4 over the next three years.

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