Blues' Vladimir Sobotka to spend season in KHL

St. Louis Blues centre Vladimir Sobotka (17) handles the puck as a stick flies through the air...

St. Louis Blues centre Vladimir Sobotka (17) handles the puck as a stick flies through the air during the second period against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Scottrade Center. (Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports)

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The St. Louis Blues announced Monday that they received a one-year arbitration award for forward Vladimir Sobotka.

Terms of the deal will be enforced when Sobotka returns to the NHL.

The 27-year-old native of the Czech Republic will play for Avangard Omsk of the KHL this season.

Last season, Sobotka had nine goals, 24 assists and 72 penalty minutes in 61 games with St. Louis. He also led the NHL with a 61.9 percent success rate on faceoffs.

"We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL," said Doug Armstrong, the team's president of hockey operations and general manager, in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season."

In seven NHL seasons, including four with the Blues, Sobotka has 35 goals, 88 assists and 282 penalty minutes in 381 regular-season games. He also has three goals, nine assists and 34 penalty minutes in 40 playoff games.

The Blues acquired Sobotka from the Boston Bruins in June 2010.

 


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