Blues: Vladimir Sobotka staying in KHL is fine

In case you missed the news, St. Louis Blues’ fan favorite Vladimir Sobotka isn’t coming back this year to the NHL. He plans to stay in the KHL for one more season and let his body be broken down by a rigorous game outside of the big show. Suit yourself, buddy. Sobotka and Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong seemed to hold about 45 different discussions over the past 2 months...
Via STLSportsMinute
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Vladimir Sobotka won’t join the Blues for 2015-16

The Vladimir Sobotka rumors have finally been confirmed. Sobotka will remain in the KHL and won’t join the Blues for the 2015-16 season. Vladimir Sobotka will not return for the 2015-16 season. Sobotka will remain in the KHL. >>> http://t.co/CnM6SHNkfg pic.twitter.com/tOJnwL6nxY — St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) June 29, 2015 Why did this story drag on so long? The...
Via Frozen Notes
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Vladimir Sobotka will make an official decision by May 30th

A report came out the other day that Vladimir Sobotka was probably going to stay in the KHL. The original report indicated that Doug Armstrong spoke with Sobotka’s agent during the World Hockey Championships and Sobotka was likely going to put off an NHL return. A new report has come out suggesting that Sobotka still hasn’t made a final decision but expects to have an answer...
Via Frozen Notes
May 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: It sounds like Vladimir Sobotka will stay in the KHL

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong met with Vladimir Sobotka’s agent during the Hockey World Championship tournament and it looks like Sobotka is planning on staying in the KHL. GM of #Avangard told TASS Vladimir Sobotka likely to stay in the #KHL #STLBlues #NHL — Igor Eronko (@IgorEronko) May 22, 2015 Nothing has been finalized, but the early indicators suggest that Sobotka...
Via Frozen Notes
May 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Czech Republic blanks Austria 4-0 at ice hockey worlds

PRAGUE (AP) The Czech Republic blanked Austria 4-0 Friday for the host's third victory at the ice hockey world championship and Norway earned its second win by beating Slovenia 3-1. The Czechs wasted a two-man advantage before they struck with middle-period goals from Ondrej Nemec, Martin Zatovic and Vladimir Sobotka, who all scored 7:59 apart. Captain Jakub Voracek added the fourth...
Via AP on Fox
May 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Vladimir Sobotka has until the end of May to opt out of KHL contract, by Mybookie.ag

The St. Louis Blues have made it clear that Vladimir Tarasenko is their top priority, but the ongoing situation with Vladimir Sobotka will need to be addressed prior to the end of May. Sobotka reportedly has until the end of May to opt out of his current KHL contract, meaning the Blues will have to sit down and talk with Sobotka’s agent within the coming weeks. The Blues have a...
Via Frozen Notes
May 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues' Armstrong, Hitchcock both still digesting playoff flop

  St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong and coach Ken Hitchcock sat side by side, presenting a united front for a franchise bleeding from its latest playoff flop. Armstrong on Tuesday praised Hitchcock's job in transforming the Blues from also-rans to legitimate Stanley Cup contenders, but both said they were still searching for reasons why they were eliminated in the first...
Via AP on Fox
April 28, 2015  |  Discuss

Once again, Vladimir Sobotka isn’t coming back this season

The Vladimir Sobotka rumor has once again found new life. Each time a current Blues skater goes down with an injury, media outlets jump on the chance to discuss the club bringing Sobotka back for the playoffs. This topic has been beaten to death, but let’s say it one more time – Sobotka isn’t coming back this season. One more time for good measure – Sobotka is NOT coming...
Via Frozen Notes
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Vladimir Sobotka won’t be rejoining the Blues this season

Vladimir Sobotka has once again been the center of speculation amongst Blues fans. With Sobotka’s KHL season in the books, some have discussed that Sobotka may make a return to the Blues just in time for the playoffs. The notion wasn’t completely far-fetched as you may recall Alexander Radulov joined the Predators prior to the postseason after his KHL games were completed back...
Via Frozen Notes
March 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Blues' depth should provide top-notch competition in training camp

ST. LOUIS -- Another season means another year of optimism for St. Lois Blues fans. After falling short a season ago, the Blues reloaded in the offseason and believe they're equipped to make a run at a Stanley Cup. "This is the deepest team we've had since I've been here," said Head Coach Ken Hitchcock. Losing Vladimir Sobotka to the KHL in Russia was certainly a shocking blow for...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
September 18, 2014  |  Discuss

USA's Justin Abdelkader Suspended by the IIHF for hit on Vladimir Sobotka

Former Michigan State Spartan Justin Abdelkader has been give a three-game suspension by the IIHF for a hit to the head of Czech forward Vladimir Sobotka (video include above). My youtube video also made the USA Today Sports page. Helene St. James, USA TODAY Sports -- The tournament showed both the good and ugly in Abdelkader's game. He had three goals and four points in seven games...
Via Goon's World
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Abdelkader Suspended Three Games For Hit At World Championships

Justin Abdelkader’s punishment for plowing over former Boston Bruins forward Vladimir Sobotka in this May’s IIHF World Hockey Championship will extend into 2015. The IIHF announced Tuesday that Abdelkader, the Detroit Red Wings forward who served as Team USA’s captain in Belarus, has been suspended for the first three games of next year’s tournament, should he again be...
Via NESN.com
July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Offseason Winners: The St. Louis Blues

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports The Central Division of the Western Conference is arguably the strongest in the NHL – it is home to 5 teams (out of its 7 members) who competed in last year’s Stanley Cup playoffs, which represents more than any other division in the NHL. But don’t be surprised if history repeats itself next season. So far this summer, those teams from the Central...
Via The Garbage Time
July 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues receive one-year arbitration award for Sobotka

ST. LOUIS -- Forward Vladimir Sobotka was nowhere near the arbitration proceedings in Toronto. He is at training camp with Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League, where he will play at least this season. But the Blues were there, and they will return to St. Louis with a one-year arbitration award. Which means that if Sobotka returns to the Blues a year from now, the terms...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Sobotka’s arbitration awards one-year, $2.725 million contract

If and when Vladimir Sobotka returns to the Blues, he’ll be playing under a one-year, $2.725 million contract. The number was reached through arbitration, even though Sobotka has already made it known that he’ll be in the KHL in 2014-15. Though Sobotka’s contract has been decided, it still leaves a lot of questions unanswered. Will he return to the NHL? If he does, will he...
Via Frozen Notes
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Report: Sobotka will spend one year in KHL before returning to new NHL team

Get your Google Translator ready. This article from iSport.cz details Vladimir Sobotka’s move to the KHL. While the translator is only moderately useful when it comes to understanding articles like this, it reveals a pretty interesting ending statement suggesting Sobotka has no intention of returning to the Blues. Via iSport.cz: “His plan? Mastering one year in Omsk, play in...
Via Frozen Notes
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

The most interesting quotes from Ken Hitchcock’s latest interview

Ken Hitchcock recently spoke with Dan Rosen and he addressed a variety of topics. He spoke about Paul Stastny, Vladimir Sobotka, Steve Ott and the team’s goaltending duo of Brian Elliott and Jake Allen. As you might imagine, Hitchcock had some interesting things to say. Here’s a collection of some of his most interesting quotes, via NHL.com. On Stastny’s potential line partners...
Via Frozen Notes
July 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock’s odd view on Sobotka and Ott

Vladimir Sobotka abandoning the NHL in favor of the KHL was a difficult pill to swallow. For the Blues, they lost a solid hockey player who unfortunately overvalued the skills he brought to the ice. The team followed up Sobotka’s decision by giving Steve Ott a two-year contract. Approximately 95% of fans groaned, aware that Ott is far from an adequate replacement for Sobotka. Coach...
Via Frozen Notes
July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues appear to have lost Sobotka to the KHL

ST. LOUIS -- A step forward, a step back. Only a week after the euphoria over the free-agent signing of center Paul Stastny, the Blues appear to be losing one of their toughest and most complete players, winger Vladimir Sobotka. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Sobotka has signed a three-year contract with Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League. The paper reported...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues give Steve Ott a two-year, $5.2 million contract

The St. Louis Blues have signed Steve Ott to a two-year, $5.2 million contract. The news preceded the upsetting news about Vladimir Sobotka leaving for the KHL, but it’s clear the Ott signing was a direct response to the sudden absence of Sobotka. Ott may be a bit overpriced, but his contract is pretty reasonable considering what other players are going for on the market. The Ott...
Via Frozen Notes
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Vladimir Sobotka turns down Blues, signs in KHL

Vladimir Sobotka is reportedly leaving the NHL to play in the KHL with Omsk. The St. Louis Blues made several offers to the forward, but ultimately Sobotka chose more money in order to play in the KHL. The Blues apparently made several offers to Sobotka, some of which ranged above an average of $3 million a season. Armstrong on Sobotka….says he offered contracts ranging from 1...
Via Frozen Notes
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

St. Louis Blues Re-Sign Steve Ott; Vladimir Sobotka Headed To KHL?

The St. Louis Blues announced a two-year deal with unrestricted free agent Steve Ott on Thursday, but the most intriguing roster note surrounding the team is the reported departure of gritty center Vladimir Sobotka. TSN’s Pierre LeBrun reports that the former Boston Bruins forward could be heading overseas: Also hearing Vladimir Sobotka has signed with Omsk of the KHL.— Pierre...
Via NESN.com
July 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues give qualifying offers to Schwartz and Sobotka

The Blues have given qualifying offers to Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Sobotka and three other skaters as the NHL’s free agency period begins to heat up. Now official: #stlblues make qualifying offers to Schwartz, Sobotka, Wannstrom, Shields and Andronov. Nothing for Ponich or Shattock. — Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) June 30, 2014 It’s no surprise that the Blues qualified...
Via Frozen Notes
June 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues draft Robert Fabbri with 21st overall pick

The St. Louis Blues drafted Robert Fabbri with the 21st overall pick of the 2014 NHL Draft. Fabbri, a center, most recently skated in the OHL and compiled 87 points (45 goals, 42 assists) in 58 games. Fabbri’s resume is pretty impressive, but he – like most prospects – has a lot to work on. After being selected, Fabbri answered some questions on Twitter. When asked what he...
Via Frozen Notes
June 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Wings’ Justin Abdelkader ejected for hit on Vladimir Sobotka in IIHF World Championship (VIDEO)

Red Wings grinder turned Team USA captain in the IIHF World Championship Justin Abdelkader was ejected Thursday after putting a vicious hit on Czech Republic’s Vladimir Sobotka, who plays for the Blues. Abdelkader left his feet and clearly targeted the head area of Sobotka. Eye on Hockey speculated that Abs will be suspended for the hit and unable to play in future World Championship...
Via It's Always Sunny in Detroit
May 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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