The right-wing and alternate captain for the St. Louis Blues, Vladimir Tarasenko, has requested to be traded. No. 91 has struggled because of injuries in recent years, missing almost all of the 2019-20 season while recovering from his third shoulder injury.
Vladimir Tarasenko Trade Request
On top of undergoing surgery, Tarasenko lost his grandfather at the same time. As a result, the hockey veteran has been absent on the ice; however, prior to his injuries, Tarasenko showed he is an invaluable player. Tarasenko put up 68 points and 33 goals in the 2018-19 season. His highest performing season was in 2016-17 where he racked up 75 points and 39 goals. Tarasenko is a good hockey player, to say the least.
The 6’0”, 225 lbs 29-year-old has now decided it is time to depart from his longtime team the St. Louis Blues. Tarasenko has been in the league with the team since the 2012-13 season but has decided to part ways with the organization and seek a new home on another team.
— Jeremy Rutherford (@jprutherford) July 8, 2021
Where Will He Go?
That’s the question all NHL fans are asking right now. Tarasenko will be an asset to any team he goes to and there will be plenty of interest throughout the league. With that in mind, it’s time to break down where Tarasenko could end up.
Back in June, there was a rumor circling that Matthew Tkachuk of the Calgary Flames wanted out. Tkachuk’s 2020-21 season was not up to the standards the Flames were hoping for.
He underperformed, dropping from 61 points in the 2019-20 season to just 43 this year. The rumor also stated that, for reasons that are unclear, Tkachuk seems to have a preference to go to the Blues.
If Tarasenko can get fully healthy and back to putting up incredible numbers from a few years ago, he could be a major scoring asset for the Flames.
New York Rangers
This trade would make sense for Tarasenko because of his connection with Artemi Panarin. The two played together in Russia and seem to be friends off the ice. The Rangers also just finished changing over their front office and coaching staff because they were upset with their season results.
The Rangers finished 5th in the East and did not make the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season. The team is desperate for a change and they have the room to take on Tarasenko’s $7.5 million salary cap. This could be a great move for the Rangers and give Tarasenko a chance to play with an old teammate again.
Now this would be an interesting move. If the Blues let Tarasenko go to the expansion draft and Seattle scoops him up, then the salary cap space for him would be cleared for the Blues. The Blues could also work with the Kraken to secure a deal for Tarasenko.
Seattle is completely open to put money on their cap and this could be a great player to have in their first season lineup. Tarasenko might like this as well because it would be a fresh start and he gets to be a part of something exciting as the Kraken embark on being the 32nd team to join the NHL.
This upcoming season will be Tarasenko’s big return after dealing with all of the obstacles he has faced. Wherever he ends up, he will be a huge asset for the team if he is fully recovered.
Breaking away from the Blues will be a turning point in his career and give him a chance to play under a different coaching staff and with new teammates. Tarasenko is not done yet and this new chapter in his NHL career will be exciting to watch unfold.