Quick Hits: Not Much Separated Blues and Sobotka

11:58 am

  • Andy Strickland: Source saying Sobotka’s three-year deal will pay him $4.3 million annually, which is equivalent to about $8 million in the NHL.

8:55 am

  • Jeremy Rutherford: Vladimir Sobotka’s agent, Petr Svoboda confirms the KHL and that there is an out clause after each year.
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Sobotka’s agent confirmed the Blues best one-year offer was $2.7 million. Sobotka was asking for $3 million.
  • Andy Strickland: “$300,000 may seem like nothing, but you don’t pay a player more because he’s threatening to play in #KHL. Would be bad business #stlblues”
  • Jeremy Rutherford: Svoboda: “You want to say that it’s not about money, but it’s a business, so it is about money and how you’re appreciated. Vladi played hard (for the Blues) and it’s sad that he had to make a decision to go to the KHL.”
  • Lou Korac: Back in February, Blues GM Doug Armstrong had reached out to Vladimir Sobotka and thought they were close to an extension.
  • Andy Strickland: Strickland notes that if Sobotka had taken less money from the Blues than he wanted on a one-year deal, he would have made up for it next summer when he would have been an unrestricted free agent.
  • Jason Gregor: Andy Strickland: “Sobotka was offered $2.7 for a 1 year, $3 mill/year on 2 year deal and it went up on multi year deals according to Armstrong.”


  1. Shane

    July 11, 2014 at 9:20 am

    $3M for Sobotka??? I’m not saying he’s not a decent role-player but if you want that kind of money you have to break double-digits in goals scored at least once in your NHL career!

  2. rob

    July 11, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This is why I never buy a jersey with a player on it, only my name. Because I don’t get traded, I don’t turn my back, I don’t squabble over a few thousand dollars, and I don’t have any other allegiance to another team.

  3. kckrebs

    July 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I always laugh when I see people put their own names on a jersey. I own a Carcillo, JVR and Mike Richards Flyers jerseys. Better believe I wear them proudly. I don’t get mad when a player goes a different route or gets traded or whatever the case may be. I just buy another jersey haha.

  4. kckrebs

    July 11, 2014 at 2:29 pm

    PS Rob. I’m guessing you would definitely squabble over a few thousand dollars if you were in that spot. You’re squabbling about a jersey that’s not even a couple hundred. And stop comparing yourself to a professional hockey player. There’s only a few hundred good enough in the entire world able to play at the NHL level. You pay to watch them play while they get paid. You are not a comparable but sorry about your feelings …

  5. Michael B

    July 12, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    sobotka was bummed the blues traded his buddy roman polak and he probably wanted to live in russia for a year, dudes from the czech republic love it in russia.