St. Louis Blues

July 21, 2014

Blues receive 1-year arbitration award for Sobotka

Even though he has signed to play this season in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League, the arbitration case for St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka was settled Monday with a one-year arbitration award worth $2.725 million.

That gives the Blues a one-year contract with Sobotka if and when he returns to the NHL. The restricted free agent recently signed a three-year deal with the KHL's Avangard Omsk.

The 27-year-old Sobotka had a career-high nine goals and 33 points in 61 games last season. The versatile forward won 61.9 percent of his faceoffs.

"We are looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL," Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong said in a statement. "We wish him the best of luck in the upcoming season."

Once they were unable to sign Sobotka, the Blues signed veteran forward Steve Ott to a two-year deal worth $5.2 million.

Also on Monday, the Blues announced the signing of former Vancouver Canucks forward Jeremy Welsh to one-year two-way contract.

The Blues also signed recent second-round draft pick forward Ivan Barbashev to a three-year entry-level contract.

The 26-year-old Welsh had one goal in 19 games with the Canucks last season. He also had seven goals and 15 points in 49 games with the American Hockey League's Utica Comets.

In 25 NHL games with the Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes, Welsh has one goal, two points and 10 penalty minutes.

Barbashev, 18, had 25 goals and 68 points in 48 games last season with Moncton of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.

He is a native of Moscow, Russia who was drafted in the second round (33rd overall) by the Blues last month.

Contact reporter Norm Sanders at 239-2454, nsanders@bnd.com or follow him on Twitter: @NormSanders

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