July 2, 1987 |
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)|
St. Louis Blues
|National team||Czech Republic|
|NHL Draft||106th overall, 2005
Vladimír Sobotka (born July 2, 1987) is a Czech professional ice hockey centre currently playing for Avangard Omsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Sobotka has also previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues, the former of which selected him in the fourth round, 106th overall, in 2005.
Sobotka played his first NHL game during the 2007–08 season on November 24, 2007, against the New York Islanders. His first career NHL goal was scored later that season, on February 13, 2008, against Ty Conklin of the Pittsburgh Penguins.
On November 6, 2010, Sobotka recorded his first goal for the Blues against his former club, the Boston Bruins, beating Tuukka Rask after a turnover in the Bruins' zone. At the end of the 2010–11 season, he finished with 29 points in 65 games.
On June 15, 2011, Sobotka signed a three-year contract extension with the Blues.
Sobotka, at the completion of the 2013–14 season, became a restricted free agent, and instead of re-signing with the Blues, opted instead to sign with Avangard Omsk in the KHL on a three-year contract. When it became clear to the Blues that there was a possibility that Sobotka would be playing in the KHL, the organization filed for salary arbitration with the NHL. On July 21, 2014, Sobotka received a one-year, $2.725 million award from an arbitrator. The result of the arbitration award states that should Sobotka return to the NHL in the future, the Blues would retain his rights for one year at the amount awarded by the arbitrator; at the end of that year, he would then become an unrestricted free agent in the NHL.
On January 6, 2014, Sobotka was named to the Czech Republic's roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, though a leg injury sustained with St. Louis on January 31 prevented him from participating.
Regular season and playoffs
|2010–11||St. Louis Blues||NHL||65||7||22||29||69||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||73||5||15||20||42||9||1||1||2||15|
|2012–13||HC Slavia Praha||CZE||27||10||15||25||22||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||48||8||11||19||35||6||0||3||3||0|
|2013–14||St. Louis Blues||NHL||61||9||24||33||72||6||0||3||3||4|
|Competitor for Czech Republic|
|World U18 Championships|
- "Blues sign Sobotka". USA Today. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- "Blues re-sign Sobotka to three-year deal". St. Louis Blues. 2011-06-15. Retrieved 2011-06-15.
- AP. "NHL roundup: Sobotka's hat trick lifts Blues past Sharks in OT". The News Journal. Retrieved 4 April 2013.
- Brehm, Mike (July 10, 2014). "Blues lose Vladimir Sobotka to KHL, re-sign Steve Ott". USA Today. Retrieved July 22, 2014.
- Brehm, Mike (July 21, 2014). "Vladimir Sobotka gets award; Cody Franson settles". USA Today. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
- "Sobotka to Play for Czech Republic: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka will play in the 2014 Winter Olympics". NHL.com. January 6, 2014.
- "Sobotka Placed on IR with Leg Injury: Blues forward was injured late Jan. 31 and will be re-evaluated in four weeks". NHL.com. February 1, 2014.