- 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.
- 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.”