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...
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12 days ago  |  Discuss

Blues add center depth to already formidable lineup

There are a lot of great teams in the Western Conference, and it has been that way for much of the salary-cap era. In the past three seasons, no team in the West has won more regular-season games than the St. Louis Blues. Only the Boston Bruins and Pittsburgh Penguins have won more in the NHL. The Blues have famously had very little success in the Stanley Cup Playoffs during this...
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August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Report- KHL Team Makes An Offer For The Services Of Tory Krug

from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE, A source with knowledge of Krug’s negotiations told CSNNE.com that there’s been a sizeable offer made for the defenseman’s services by an unidentified KHL team. The offer, according to the source, included a good chunk of money up front as a signing bonus. When contacted by CSNNE.com, Krug’s agent, Lewis Gross, wouldn’t confirm, or deny...
Via Kukla's Korner
August 11, 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...
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...
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July 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Justin Abdelkader Suspended Three Games By IIHF

from IIHF.com, The IIHF Disciplinary Committee recently dealt with several cases from the past championship season. Among the suspended players are Justin Abdelkader and Nikolai Antropov following incidents occurring at the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship in Minsk, Belarus. Team USA forward Justin Abdelkader was suspended three games for a check to the head and neck...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
Via Kukla's Korner
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...
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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...
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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...
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July 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Blues’ Jaden Schwartz to switch number to honor late sister

When the St. Louis Blues take the ice for the 2014-15 season, one player will be looking a bit different. That player is left winger Jaden Schwartz who has chosen to switch from his previous number 9 jersey to the recently vacated number 17.  Vladimir Sobotka was the previous holder of the number 17 and he left for the KHL. The reason Schwartz will switch numbers is because the...
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July 12, 2014  |  Discuss

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...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 11, 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

Report: Blues’ Vladimir Sobotka may have signed with KHL

USA TODAY Sports It is being reported by multiple sources including USA TODAY Sports, that St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka may have signed with Kontinental Hockey League side Avangard Omsk. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said he could neither confirm or deny whether Sobotka had indeed left for the Russian-based KHL, but he said that is what he though had occurred...
Via Around The Rink
July 10, 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

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...
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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

A quick World Championship semifinal programming note

For those of you who are up at what us night owls call "bedtime": Gustav Nyquist and Sweden will battle Russia in the World Championships' Quarterfinals today at 7:45 AM EDT. NBCSN's Live Extra website will stream the game in the U.S., and TSN will air the game in Canada; And Jakub Kindl's Czechs will battle Finland in the other Quarterfinal at 11:45 AM...
Via Kukla's Korner
May 24, 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...
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May 22, 2014  |  Discuss
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