St. Louis Blues Sign Two

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Published on July 22 2014 6:24 am
Last Updated on July 22 2014 6:24 am
Written by Millie Lange

(St. Louis, MO) -- The Blues announced two contract agreements on Monday. Second-round pick Ivan Barbashev agreed to an entry-level deal and ex-Canucks forward Jeremy Welsh inked a one-year two-way contract. A third contract signing is expected to disclosed soon involving former Minnesota defenseman Nate Prosser.

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka was awarded a one-year contract through arbitration on Monday, but the team announced that he will play the 2014-15 season in the Kontinental Hockey League. Financial terms of the arbitration award were not disclosed by the Blues, but a St. Louis newspaper reported it to be worth $2.725 million -- a deal that will be enforced upon his return to the NHL.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the team is "looking forward to having Vladimir in a Blues uniform when he returns to the NHL." Sobotka, a 27-year-old Czech native, spent the past four seasons in St. Louis  and last year  notched a career-high 33 points while leading the NHL in faceoff winning percentage.