ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - The St. Louis Blues received a one-year arbitration award for Vladimir Sobotka, Doug Armstrong, president of hockey operations, said.
Next year, Sobotka will play for Avangard Omsk in the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia. He signed a three-year deal, which has an out clause after each season, according to USA Today Sports. With the arbitration award, the Blues continue to hold Sobotka's rights and will know what he will be paid if he decides to return to the NHL.
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Upon his return to NHL, the 5 feet, 11 inch, 200-pound forward from the Czech Republic would be going into his eighth season, and his fifth with the Blues.
Sobotka has accumulated 35 goals, 88 assists with the Blues and has made five playoff appearances in his career. Last year, he led the league with a 61.9 percent success rate on faceoffs.