Vladimir Sobotka C STL 12 months ago

Sobotka has decided to remain with KHL Avangard Omsk for the 2015-16 season rather than return to the Blues, Yahoo! Sports reports.

After the Blues awarded him a one-year, $2.7 million contract following an arbitration hearing, a disappointed Sobotka surprisingly chose to bolt for the KHL, where Omsk was able to offer him a more lucrative and tax-free three-year, $12 million deal. Though Sobotka would likely prefer to play in the world's top league, the financial security offered by the KHL club was too tempting to ignore. He'll have an out clause for the final year of his contract next summer that would allow him to rejoin the Blues, but he'd once again have to accept the one-year, $2.7 million offer before becoming eligible for free agency.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 1 year ago

Blues GM Doug Armstrong said that the team should know by the end of May whether or not Sobotka will rejoin the Blues next season or remain in the KHL, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

After failing to find common ground on a contract with the Blues last summer, Sobotka bolted for Russia, where he received a lucrative three-year deal with the KHL's Avangard Omsk worth around $12 million. Playing a feature role for the squad, Sobotka tallied 38 points in 53 games, but could be hungry for a return to the brighter lights of the NHL. Though his contract with Avangard Omsk contains an out clause, Sobotka would likely have to be willing to accept a downgrade in pay, as he would owe the Blues one season at a $2.7 million salary due to a previous arbitration ruling.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

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.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

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.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

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.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

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.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

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.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

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.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

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.

Vladimir Sobotka C STL 2 years ago

Vladimir Sobotka sustained a neck injury during the World Hockey Championships while playing for the Czech Republic.

He was injured during the quarterfinal round, but was OK to play in the Czech's semifinal loss to Finland. Sobotka is still fine and his camp is working on a contract extension with the St. Louis Blues. A deal could be struck in the next few weeks for the pending restricted free agent.