Vladimir Sobotka Inks Three-Year Extension
A new deal with Vladimir Sobotka was rumored to be nearly complete earlier this month, and now the club’s official site has made the news official. Vladimir Sobotka has signed a new three-year, $3.9 million contract extension following a 2010-11 season that saw the forward skate in 65 games while contributing seven goals and 22 assists.
Last season marked Sobotka’s first year with the Blues and though he missed a portion of the season with a cracked bone in his left foot, the forward still managed to make an impression on the organization with his tenacious mentality and gritty work ethic. Sobotka doesn’t shy away from any areas of the ice despite his small stature which measures in at 5’10″, 183 as reported by the team’s site.
Sobotka doesn’t bring flashy skills to the table but his hard-nosed attitude has earned him an increased role as a shutdown forward that has filled in on the penalty kill following the trade that sent Jay McClement to Colorado.
It should come as little surprise that the Blues brought back Sobotka to the fold as not only does he fill the needed defensive-forward role but he also comes at a relatively low cost. The exact details of the contract haven’t yet been released but it’s clear that the young (Sobotka turns 24 on July 2nd) forward’s contract won’t break the bank.
UPDATE: ESPN.com reports that Sobotka’s contract was worth $3.9 million over the next three seasons. The above story has been slightly updated to include such information.
Restricted Free Agents:
Patrik Berglund (2 years, $4.5 million)
Vladimir Sobotka (3 years, $3.9 million)
Roman Polak (5 years, $13.75 million)
Nikita Nikitin (1 year)
Unrestricted Free Agents:
Chris Porter (1 year, two-way deal: $600,000 NHL and $105,000 AHL)