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What Is Going On With Vladimir Sobotka?

There should not be this much drama concerning a third-line center.

St. Louis Blues v Philadelphia Flyers Photo by Drew Hallowell/Getty Images

It’s been assumed that Vladimir Sobotka would be leaving the KHL and returning to the Blues for the 2016-2017 season. Is this an exciting development for the team? Eh. Sobotka would be a welcome addition, but after the off-season that the Blues had, losing David Backes to the Boston Bruins and Brian Elliott to the Calgary Flames, some fans were hoping for some more exciting news than “Sobe’s back.”

Well, this doesn’t qualify as exciting news, but the current drama around Sobotka’s return qualifies as interesting at the very least. These tweets by Post-Dispatch Blues reporter Jeremy Rutherford had fans scratching their heads earlier today:

Oh, look, conflicting news out of the KHL. How surprising.

Currently, according to Rutherford, Sobotka is in the Czech Republic awaiting finalization of his KHL contract. According to, Sobotka will be joining Avangard after they fired Eugene Kornoukhova and replaced him with coach Fedor Kanareykin.

Personally, I’m more apt to believe Doug Armstrong and Jeremy Rutherford over a Russian sports site.