An update on Vladimir Sobotka, the latest free-agent signings, the latest on the Red Wings coaching and more. 


Vladimir Sobotka explains why he jumped from the Blues to the KHL.

Vladimir Sobotka explains why he jumped from the Blues to the KHL.

iDNES.CZ: Provides further information on Vladimir Sobotka’s decision to sign with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. Sobotka claimed he felt trapped after being unable to agree to terms with Blues management, who wereunwilling to trade him and instead wanted to wait for arbitration. When he received an offer from Omsk, he decided to accept.  Sobotka claims he and the Blues were only $300K apart, with the Blues offering a one-year, $2.7 million deal while he sought $3 million. 

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CSNNE.COM: The Boston Bruins avoided salary arbitration with defenseman Matt Bartkowski, re-signing him to a one year, $1.25 million.

NHL.COM: The Florida Panthers have re-signed defenseman Dylan Olsen to a two-year contract.

NBC SPORTS: The Los Angeles Kings re-signed blueliner Brayden McNabb to a two-year contract believed worth $1.3 million.

NHL.COM: The Chicago Blackhawks have hired Kevin Dineen as an assistant coach.

DETROIT FREE PRESS: Red Wings coach Mike Babcock prefers to sign a new contract either before this coming season or in the spring, preferring not to do so during the season.  The Red Wings added Tony Granato as an assistant coach.

REALTOR.COM: One of my readers forwarded this along, as former NHL defenseman Jay McKee has put his $1.8 million Las Vegas condo up for sale.