Sobotka not optimistic about returning to Blues

4:34 p.m. EDT September 15, 2016

TORONTO (AP) — Vladimir Sobotka is no longer feeling good about his chances of rejoining the St. Louis Blues this season.

Sobotka has spent the past two seasons in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League and planned on returning to the NHL. But with one year left on his contract, Avangard Omsk and the KHL have made the process difficult.

The 29-year-old forward said at media day for the World Cup of Hockey that while talks between camps are ongoing, he’s no longer optimistic.

“It’s been going on for five months, so I’ve had enough of it,” said Sobotka, who will play for the Czech Republic. “I’m not thinking about it. It’s just getting ready…

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