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.