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.