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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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OlderThanChelios's avatar

How about this. The Wings graciously give St. Louis their #22 pick plus Danny Dekeyser (while keeping half of his salary) in exchange for the Blues’ #17 pick and Tarasenko. He’d certainly waive his NTC because he’d get to play on a line with Larkin and Lil’ Bert so he can pad his numbers for his next contract.

I mean, come on, that’s a great deal. Right?  grin

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 07/08/21 at 06:57 PM ET


Maybe Toronto wants him?? wink

Posted by dwgs on 07/09/21 at 07:07 AM ET

Hootinani's avatar

With the no-trade clause hes unlikely to want to come here, but maybe Detroit could use some of that sweet cap space to facilitate a 3-way (wink wink nudge nudge) deal and get another useful player and a pick in return for their troubles?

Posted by Hootinani on 07/09/21 at 08:29 AM ET

SauceBoss's avatar

Yikes. Didn’t think that team would fall apart this fast. First they lose Petro for nothing and now Tarasenko wants out. With his injuries the last 2+ years to go along with the ntc it will be difficult to get good value for him

Posted by SauceBoss on 07/09/21 at 09:12 AM ET

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