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Blues re-sign Ott; Sobotka to KHL?

Jul 10, 2014, 10:57 AM EDT

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Steve Ott is staying in St. Louis. The veteran forward has signed a two-year, $5.2 million contract with the Blues, according to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch.

In a possibly related story, ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun is “hearing” that restricted free agent Vladimir Sobotka, who the Blues were taking to arbitration, has signed with Omsk of the KHL.

Ott had no goals and just three assists in 23 regular-season games for the Blues after he was traded from Buffalo, along with Ryan Miller, in February. The 31-year-old followed up with no goals and two assists in six playoff games, as St. Louis fell to Chicago in the first round.

But Ott was not signed to lead the Blues in scoring. He’s good in the faceoff circle and led St. Louis in hits (29) during the postseason. A former captain of the Sabres, he’s also considered a leader.

Whether that’s worth $5.2 million over two years, well, apparently general manager Doug Armstrong believes it is. Especially, we suppose, if Sobotka is off to the KHL.

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