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17 Vladimir Sobotka C
Height/Weight: 5-10/200 | Birthdate: 7/2/1987 | Birthplace: Trebic, Czechoslovakia | Team: | College: | NHL Experience: 7 | Salary: /images/nhl/players/170x170/1286086.png | Owned/Started%: 0/0

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7/21/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Awarded One-Year Deal By Blues

News: Vladimir Sobotka was awarded a one-year deal with the Blues on Monday, which will take effect if he returns from the KHL, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka signed a three-year deal with the KHL's Avangard Omsk in early July, so this deal merely means that the Blues will retain his rights if and when he decides to return to the NHL. The team used club-elected arbitration to get the deal done, so Sobotka will be a Blue when he returns unless they trade his rights. According to Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, he'll receive a $2.725 million salary in the season he makes his return. The 27-year-old center had nine goals and 24 helpers over 61 games with the Blues in 2013-14.

7/10/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Leaves NHL For KHL

News: Vladimir Sobotka agreed to a three-year, $12 million contract with the KHL's Avangard Omsk on Thursday, Roman Jedlicka of the TV Nova Sport reports.
Analysis: The Blues' re-signing of Steve Ott to a fairly sizable contract earlier in the day signaled that the team likely wouldn't have room to keep all of its forwards in tow, and it looks like Vladimir Sobotka will be the first domino to fall. Money was likely the motivating factor in Sobotka opting to leave the NHL, while heading to Russia also allows him to be closer to his home country, the Czech Republic. Sobotka, who netted nine goals and 24 assists in 61 games last season, will be allowed to opt out of his contract with Omsk at the end of any of the three years, with the Blues retaining his rights if he decides to head back to the NHL.

5/22/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Suffers Injury At Worlds

News: Vladimir Sobotka suffered an undisclosed injury Thursday while playing for the Czech Republic in the 2014 IIHF World Championship, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka was on the receiving end of a high hit and was down on the ice for a few minutes before trainers helped him off. The Blues should relay word on Sobotka's condition over the next several days. The 26-year-old is slated to become a restricted free agent this offseason.

4/19/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Gets Two Assists

News: Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) picked up two assists in Saturday's Game 2 win over Chicago.
Analysis: He's coming off the best offensive season of his career and could be a solid secondary source of points for your playoff pool.

4/17/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka To Play In Game 1

News: Coach Ken Hitchcock confirmed Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) would play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Hitchcock said the lines he used in morning skate would be the same he'd use for the game, so look for Vladimir Sobotka to center the second line, with Jaden Schwartz and Vladimir Tarasenko flanking him.

4/15/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Expected Back For First Round

News: Vladimir Sobotka (lower body) is expected to play in Thursday's Game 1 against the Blackhawks, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Coach Ken Hitchcock isn't tipping his hand on the availability of several injured Blues skaters, but after resting his injury for the final two regular-season contests, it's believed Vladimir Sobotka will be good to go for the playoffs. We'll likely find out his status for certain during Wednesday's session.

4/13/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka (Undisclosed) Out Again Sunday

News: Vladimir Sobotka (undisclosed) is out of Sunday's regular season finale for the Blues.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka missed Friday's game with the injury and is out again for Sunday's contest. This could be concerning in regards to his availability for the beginning of the playoffs. Sobotka being out of Sunday's game isn't surprising, especially because the game is rather meaningless for the team.

4/11/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Out Friday

News: Vladimir Sobotka will not play Friday due to an unspecified injury, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: It's not clear how Vladimir Sobotka picked up the injury, but he was able to play Thursday against the Wild, so it likely happened sometime during that game. It remains to be seen if the injury will cost Sobotka any further action beyond Friday's game.

3/13/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Fills Box Score In Return

News: Vladimir Sobotka was a beast in his return from injury, recording a goal, two assists, a plus-three rating and 12 PIMs in Thursday's 6-2 beatdown of the Oilers.
Analysis: The man they call "Gumption" returned with a vengeance after missing nine games with a fractured knee cap. He opened the scoring for the Blues with just over a minute left in the first, flashing some sweet hands in tight before slipping the puck past a helpless Ben Scrivens. Of course, the lowly Oilers have the potential on any given night to make anyone look good, so you might want to wait for Vladimir Sobotka to turn in a few consecutive solid efforts before grabbing him. Sobotka's eighth goal ties his career high, and his 28 points leave him just one shy of his personal best, set in 2010-2011.

3/13/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Will Play Thursday

News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) will be activated from injured reserve and play Thursday vs. the Oilers, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: After first resuming practicing with the team Wednesday, it was believed that Vladimir Sobotka would need a few more days of full-contact work before being activated from IR, but coach Ken Hitchcock was apparently pleased enough with where the forward was at in his recovery. He's slated to center the second line Thursday and will be flanked by T.J. Oshie and Vladimir Tarasenko.

3/12/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Skates

News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) skated with the team Wednesday, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka has been sidelined since January 31, but has been skating consistently recently, and appears close to a return. He racked up seven goals and 18 assists in 46 games prior to the injury.

3/12/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Gets In Another Skate

News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) took part in Tuesday's morning skate but will not play against the Stars, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka appeared to increase the intensity of his workout compared to recent days, but he'll miss yet another contest for the Blues. He could be a lineup option within the next few games.

3/5/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Takes To Ice

News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) joined the Blues for their optional practice Wednesday, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka has been slowed by the injury for over a month now, but his return to practice suggests that he could be nearing the end of his recovery process. Since Sobotka has been out, the Blues have acquired winger Steve Ott as part of the Ryan Miller deal, meaning the center could have a new linemate to adjust to upon returning.

3/3/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Seeking Clearance

News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) will meet with doctors Monday to see if he is healthy enough to resume skating, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: If he's cleared to play, Vladimir Sobotka would still need to skate for a while before returning, and would likely miss four or five more games. The winger racked up seven goals and 18 assists in 46 games before suffering the injury.

3/2/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka To Resume Skating Next Week

News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) is expected to resume skating next week and the hope is that he'll miss just four or five more games, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: Just days after a report surfaced suggesting Vladimir Sobotka was not close to a return, coach Ken Hitchcock expressed optimism in regard to the 26-year-old's health. It sounds like there's even a chance he could be back before the end of next week, but nothing's set in stone just yet.

2/25/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Return Not Imminent For Blues' Sobotka

News: Vladimir Sobotka (knee) is not believed to be close to returning, Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
Analysis: After taking the Olympic break to recover from a broken kneecap, Vladimir Sobotka was expected to resume skating when practices resumed, but that has yet to materialize. Associate head coach Brad Shaw said that while Sobotka will travel with the team during their upcoming three-game road trip, a return is "still [a ways] down the road." If the roster space exists to do so, fantasy owners in deeper leagues should continue to stash Sobotka on their benches until he's deemed ready to play.

2/20/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka To Skate Soon

News: While there is no timetable for his possible return to the lineup, Vladimir Sobotka (knee) is expected to begin skating this coming weekend, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka, who has recorded 25 points in 46 games this season, last suited up for the Blues on Jan. 31, with his anticipated return to skating merely the first step toward his return to game action.

2/1/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Out Thru Olympics

News: Vladimir Sobotka (left leg) was placed on injured reserve Saturday and will not be able to play for the Czech Republic team during the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Analysis: Despite earlier reports that suggested Vladimir Sobotka was merely day-to-day with the injury, there are whispers Sobotka is actual dealing with a broken kneecap. The Blues announced that Sobotka would be reevaluated by the team in four weeks, meaning that he's not guaranteed to be back in the Blues' lineup even after the Olympics. The 26-year-old has been a useful depth forward for St. Louis this season, as he's compiled 25 points in 46 games.

2/1/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Out With Injury Saturday

News: Vladimir Sobotka is dealing with a lower-body injury and will not play Saturday against the Predators, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka is set to be reevaluated by team doctors later Saturday to determine the extent of the injury, but the fact that no call-up was made Saturday suggests the injury isn't too serious. Ryan Reaves takes his place in the lineup.

1/15/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL Blues' Sobotka Set To Return Thursday

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Set To Return Thursday

News: Coach Ken Hitchcock said Vladimir Sobotka (illness) will be back in the lineup Thursday against the Kings, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: After missing Tuesday's game with the illness, Vladimir Sobotka looked sharp at practice Wednesday and should be inserted back on the second line in his return to action. He'll look to continue his impressive start to January, as he's already contributed two goals and five assists in five games this month.

1/15/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL Blues' Sobotka Back On Ice Wednesday

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Back On Ice Wednesday

News: Vladimir Sobotka (illness) was back on the ice for Wednesday's practice, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka appeared close to playing Tuesday before he was ultimately scratched, but it sounds like he'll be ready to go when the Blues resume play Thursday, barring a last-minute recurrence of the illness. He was enjoying a productive stretch of play before he got sick, scoring two goals and supplying five assists over his last five games.

1/14/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Out Tuesday

News: Vladimir Sobotka (illness) will not play Tuesday vs. the Coyotes, NHL.com's Lou Korac reports.
Analysis: Vladimir Sobotka appeared set to play after dealing with an illness earlier in the morning, but the Blues ended up deciding against it, grant the forward further time to recover. The fact that he was close to playing Tuesday would seem to bode well for his chances of getting back in the lineup Thursday vs. the Kings.

1/14/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Expected To Play Tuesday

News: Vladimir Sobotka (flu) is expected to play Tuesday against the Coyotes, Lou Korac of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: All signs point to Vladimir Sobotka playing through the illness Tuesday, though the team may hold off until after pregame warmups before making a final decision on his availability.

1/10/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL Third Straight Two-Point Game For Blues' Sobotka

Vladimir Sobotka

Third Straight Two-Point Game For Blues' Sobotka

News: Vladimir Sobotka delivered a goal and a power-play assist in Thursday's 5-0 win over Calgary, his third consecutive two-point game.
Analysis: He's got a four-game point streak going and 11 points in his last eight games to go with a terrifically shiny plus-9 rating. Time to start inquiring into the new-minted Olympian's services, at least in deeper formats. He's been skating serious minutes lately, including 18:40 with a whopping 5:20 of power-play time on Thursday.

1/7/2014

Vladimir Sobotka, C, STL Blues' Sobotka Finding Score Sheet Often

Vladimir Sobotka

Blues' Sobotka Finding Score Sheet Often

News: Vladimir Sobotka posted his fourth two-point game in his last seven contests Tuesday, dishing two helpers (albeit one on an empty-netter) and going plus-2 in a win over Edmonton.
Analysis: He's got nine points in that seven-game span, an impressive -- if unsustainable -- stretch of play. As he does so often, Vladimir Sobotka also dominated in the face-off circle in this one, winning 15 of 18. He's won a whopping 62.8 percent of his draws this year.