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An Eight-Year Deal For Vladimir Tarasenko

(July 7, 2015) – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year, $60 million contract.

Tarasenko, 23, had a breakout season in 2014-15, sharing 10th in the National Hockey League (NHL) overall with 73 points, fifth with 37 goals and seventh with a +27 rating in 77 regular season games.  He became the youngest Blue to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan (1991-92) and the first Blue overall to log 73 total points since Pavol Demitra in 2002-03.  The 6’0, 223-pound forward made his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance in January in Columbus while he was named the League’s Second Star for the month of November.  Tarasenko was one of four players to post two hat-tricks this season, while he was the only player to record six game-winning goals, six shootout goals and two overtime goals.  In addition, he became just the second Blue in club history (Brett Hull) to score a hat-trick that included the game-winning overtime goal, on Oct. 28 in Dallas.  For his efforts, Tarasenko was named a 2014-15 Second-Team All-Star - his first career NHL regular season All-Star selection.

added 1:15pm, Below watch Doug Armstrong talk about the deal...

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A bit of a gamble IMO.  He’s a great player and if he keeps up his current production its a steal (as has been said in certain places).  That being said this whole “player has a career season then signs for max contract with huge hit” fad has been going on for a while and it isn’t always pretty.

Posted by neffernin on 07/07/15 at 03:58 PM ET

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