NHL Morning Coffee Headlines – July 11, 2014

Blues re-sign Steve Ott after losing Vladimir Sobotka to KHL, Panthers re-sign Erik Gudbranson, Sharks re-up Scott Hannan, Red Wings re-sign Daniel Cleary and more. 

Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka to play in KHL next season.

Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka to play in KHL next season.

STLTODAY.COM: Blues forward Vladimir Sobotka has signed with Avangard Omsk of the KHL. The Blues had filed to take Sobotka to salary arbitration. While Sobotka has an “out clause” in his new contract, his agent confirmed he’ll be playing next season in the KHL. As a result, the Blues signed Steve Ott to a two-year, $5.2 million contract.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: The Blues will feel Sobotka’s absence next season. While not among their stars he’s among their hardest-working players. The Sporting News’ Sean Gentille has more on Sobotka’s value.

MIAMI HERALD: The Florida Panthers re-signed Erik Gudbranson to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million per season.

SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS: After signing veteran defenseman Scott Hannan to a one-year, $1.25 million, Sharks GM Doug Wilson clarified his definition of a rebuild, explaining it’s about fixing a locker room where the players saw each other as co-workers instead of teammates. Younger players will be given greater roles of responsibility.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Stick tap to GJ Berg for the link. 

DETROIT NEWS: The Detroit Red Wings sign Daniel Cleary to a one-year, $1.5 million.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Cleary’s performance last season was apparently hampered by knee injuries. It’ll be interesting to see if he improves next season.

NBC SPORTS: Unrestricted free agent David Moss has signed a tentative two-year contract with a Swiss club, allowing him to continue seeking an NHL job this summer.

TAMPA TRIBUNE: The Lightning signed Brett Connolly to a one-year, two-way contract.

NEW YORK POST: Former NHL player Bryan Berard is involved in an $18 million dispute with an insurance company.