Vladimir Sobotka’s departure to the KHL on Thursday was a bit of a surprise to the St. Louis Blues. The center inked a three-year deal with Omsk will earn him over $4 million tax-free. The team responded by re-signing Steve Ott for two years and $5.2 million.
The Blues had heard the KHL rumors when they began negotiating an extension in the spring, but that didn't deter them from aggressively trying to bring back the 27-year old Sobotka.
“This is a business decision by Vlad, that I respect,” said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. “It doesn’t change my opinion on him as a man.”
If you ask Sobotka's agent, former NHLer Petr Svoboda, a deal could have been had for an extra $300,000.
With the KHL being a legitimate option, Svoboda and Armstrong began negotiations.
“He started at $2.4 million (for one season) and he came up to $2.7 million, so he gave me his best number,” Svoboda said. “We were at one year, $3 million. So basically it wasRead More »from Vladimir Sobotka, Blues were separated by $300K, according to agent