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Afternoon Line- Dr. Peter Millett On Vladimir Tarasenko

“Vlad’s shoulder is very stable and strong. He told me it is more stable and stronger than it has felt in a long while. To me, it feels rock solid. There is no doubt, Vlad will be 100 percent ready for the upcoming season. I am confident he will be ready to play and that he will make a big impact for his team.”

-Dr. Peter Millett who performed the most recent shoulder surgery on Vladimir Tarasenko.  Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic has more (paid) on this topic.

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The Decision Not To Protect Vladimir Tarasenko

from Jwemy Rutherford of The Athletic,

While the Blues’ protected list for the upcoming Seattle expansion draft won’t officially be revealed until Sunday, Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko is not on the list, according to multiple league sources....

The decision is disappointing to Tarasenko, but a source says it’s not the top reason Tarasenko is upset with the organization. Two months after the right winger asked the Blues for a trade, and 10 days after it was first reported by The Athletic, the source says Tarasenko can’t believe he hasn’t been moved by Blues general manager Doug Armstrong.

Armstrong has told Tarasenko’s camp, according to a source, that no teams are interested in the player, who has scored 30-plus goals in five of his nine NHL seasons but has since had three shoulder operations. The source added that Los Angeles, New Jersey, Carolina and Boston, among other teams, have each expressed interest and were willing to take on Tarasenko’s $7.5 million salary-cap hit for the next two seasons, but Armstrong has not found a suitable return.

read on (paid)

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Trading Vladimir Tarasenko Will Be Difficult

from David Lazar of the New York Post,

According to Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic, St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko has requested a trade, adding another storyline to what will be a chaotic offseason in the NHL.

The 29-year-old joins Jack Eichel (Sabres), Seth Jones (Blue Jackets), Evgeny Kuznetsov (Capitlas), Johnny Gaudreau (Flames) and Oliver Ekman-Larsson (Coyotes) as stars that could potentially be moved this summer.

Tarasenko, who reportedly requested the trade earlier this offseason, has two years remaining on his eight-year, $60 million contract ($7.5 million annual average value) he signed in 2014. He has a full no-trade clause.

That will make a trade more difficult, especially in a flat, $81.5 million cap world. Nonetheless, the report states that Blues general manager Doug Armstrong is trying his hardest to facilitate a deal and hopes to get it done before the start of next season.

There are seemingly various reasons Tarasenko — who has dealt with shoulder problems over the course of his career — wants out, including concerns over the mishandling of injuries, trust issues and frustration over roles.


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Window Still Open In St. Louis

from TSN,

St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said Wednesday he believes the team's Stanley Cup window is still open, despite a second straight early exit from the postseason.

The Blues were swept in four games by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round of this year's playoffs, after being eliminated in six games in the opening round by the Vancouver Canucks last year.

Now two years removed from the team's first ever Stanley Cup championship in 2019, Armstrong said he sees at least two more years of the Blues being a contender.

"When we brought in the players a couple years ago, we thought we had a 5-year window (to win the Cup)," Armstrong said. "This was Year 3 of it.

"I still think it’s open."


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Videos- The Colorado Avalanche Move On To Round 2

Colorado sweeps St. Louis with a 5-2 win.

Highlights first, handshakes below.


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Videos- Craig Berube And Rod Brind’Amour With The Post-Game Theme

The St Louis Blues are down 3-0 in their series with the Colorado Avalanche after a 5-1 loss Friday night.  Craig Berube wasn't happy.

via Lou Korac tweets,

Berube went off on the officials tonight. First, on the Schenn no call: Yeah, he broke his stick, should be a penalty."

Berube on officials: "Like the refereeing every game, we get one or two calls. It's usually late in the third period. They're getting four a game, five, how many did they get tonight, five? I mean, it's not that lopsided. I'm not sure why. We don't get the calls that we deserve.

More Berube: "Parayko gets tripped in the corner, they go down, score a goal on the goalie challenged goal. He gets tripped in the corner, slew-footed and they don't call it, okay, and it cost us a goal. It's terrible. It's so one-sided, it's not even funny."

Why is the officiating so one-sided? Berube: "I don't know, you'll have to ask the referees or the league. I don't have an answer for that."

Rod Brind’Amour is in the same boat.

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Video- It’s The Playoffs

Gabriel Landeskog takes on Brayden Schenn.


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Beware Of The Blues

from Don Brennan of the National Post,

“When we’re skating and we’re physical, I think we give them a lot of issues, whether that’s forechecking or defending,” said the St. Louis Blues captain, whose team takes on the Avalanche in a West Division first-round matchup that begins Monday. “When we play our heavy game and commit to it, and put pucks in and don’t feed their rush, we make it tough on them, and find ways to beat them. That’s what we’ve got to do. That’s got to be our focus. We know that they have a lot of talent over there. They work hard, but for us, it’s an exciting challenge.”

And then, in dropping the hammer, the 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy winner added:

“We’re going to have some fun, and we’re going to beat them.”



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Video- Saluting David Backes

via Sportsnet's YouTube page,

The Blues honoured David Backes in what will probably be his last game in St. Louis, and after the game, Backes was emotional as he hugged his former teammates.


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Who Could Be Available From The Blues And Blue Jackets

from TSN,

- Winless in their past seven games, the St. Louis Blues have dropped out of the playoff picture as the deadline approaches and it appears general manager Doug Armstrong could subtract, rather than add over the next five days.

"One guy who has nine goals and 21 points on the season is Mike Hoffman, a pending UFA who could also be on the move," TSN Hockey Insider Pierre LeBrun said Tuesday on Insider Trading. "The St. Louis Blues are not out of contention but we know from GM Doug Armstrong's history, that he's not worried about trading pending UFAs when his team underachieves. He traded Kevin Shattenkirk at the deadline in 2017 despite being in a playoff spot. He traded Paul Stastny to Winnipeg in 2018 despite being a point out, and word is, from talking to different teams around the league, that he's open to potentially moving some pending UFAs. The Blues have disappointed.

"Hoffman would be one, perhaps Tyler Bozak is another."

- Blue Jackets defenceman David Savard is listed at No. 1 on the TSN Trade Bait board, followed closely by captain Nick Foligno at No. 4. Portzline also lists defenceman Michael Del Zotto and one of either Joonas Korpisalo or Elvis Merzlikins as players who could be moved as Columbus shifts into sellers.

Portzline points to the Winnipeg Jets, Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins and Tampa Bay Lightning as potential suitors for Savard and lists Toronto, the Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders as landing spots for Foligno, if he's open to a move.

more on each of the above plus Toronto talk...

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