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from Tom Timmermann of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko looked back on the playoffs on Tuesday, particularly on his series against San Jose, where he was held goalless until the final nine minutes of the final game, and felt he needed to do more.
"They played really tight and they backchecked so hard," Tarasenko said. "It's just experience. It was frustrating for me. I wish I could do better. I'm supposed to do better."...
"I wouldn't say I wasn't frustrated," Tarasenko said. "Of course I was a little bit mad. ... It's no time for frustration. Even if you don't score and the team wins, everybody helps. Now I have a lot of time to think about my game, look at my shifts and find out what's wrong. But when a team is winning, you don't even think about your points. It's nothing better when come into the room after a hard game, whether you score or not score, and you see those happy faces around you, your friends, really happy. You can't think about something else."
Tarasenko dismissed a report out of Canada about issues between him and the organization.
from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
During a locker clean-out that marked the transition from this season to next, Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko missed a chance to take out the trash.
The $60 million man declined to participate in the final media availability of the season on Saturday. The no-show was harder to explain than Tarasenko's disappearance in 17 of the Western Conference final's 18 periods. This time there wasn't San Jose defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic to blame....
He could have told the doubters why they were wrong. He could have told those who defended him why things will be different next postseason. The new father could have explained what it was like, balancing the biggest moment of his personal life — he welcomed a son into the world before Game 2 — with the biggest moment of his professional career.
At least tell them something.
More importantly, Tarasenko's no comment closed the book on his season without addressing the elephant in the dressing room.
There is growing speculation of friction between Tarasenko and the Blues. Is there a rift between the star and his club?
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
For the Blues, the Stanley Cup playoffs this season are about accomplishing a first in the franchise’s history.
Of course, that has to do with a trophy.
The club is not going to reach that goal by doing what it did for the first time in its playoff history in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Thursday night.
The Blues were dumped 3-0 by San Jose, marking the only time the team has been blanked in back-to-back postseason games since its inception in 1967-68. On the heels of their 4-0 loss to the Sharks in Game 2, they are now behind two games to one in the best-of-seven series, the first time the club has trailed a series after three games in these playoffs.
The crowd of 17,562 at SAP Center and the folks back in St. Louis probably could agree on this: Heading into Game 4 Saturday, San Jose is thoroughly in control.
“They can think what they want,” Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo said. “We know we’ve got more in here, we know we’ve got another level. They took it up a notch and now it’s up to us to get some rest and take it up a few more notches on Saturday.”
from Benjamin Hochman of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
This play qualifies as surprising for a strange reason: the Dallas Stars played a shift against the St. Louis Blues in which 6 Stars players skated up ice, over-commiting to their forecheck and leaving Vladimir Tarasenko open for a home-run pass. Tarasenko walked in on Kari Lehtonen and scored, of course, technically beating seven defenders to the back of the Stars' net:
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Vladimir Tarasenko saw the most ice time of any Blues forward in Game 1, and it was the second-most of any forward on the ice behind Dallas’ Jamie Benn.
“What did he play?,” Hitchcock asked during his session with reporters on Saturday afternoon.
Told it was 21 minutes, 4 seconds, Hitchcock replied: “Oh did he? Quite a bit, eh? Can we maybe shut that story up now?”
Late in the Blues’ first-round series with Chicago, when the Blues dropped two in a row, Tarasenko’s ice time, or lack of it, became a common talking point. But his minutes in Game 1 were the most he’s played in a regulation game in this year’s playoffs. Still, he was kept quiet by Dallas’ defense, limiting him to three shots on goal.
“Well, obviously he’s one guy that we got the radar on, that we know when he’s out there we want to make sure we don’t give him much ice,” Stars coach Lindy Ruff said. “I thought for the most part we didn’t make any mistakes that allowed any big rush plays when he was out there, and we closed fast on him inside the zone. We went after him physically and he’s a tough guy to knock off his feet, but I thought we played him as hard as we could when it came to the physical front.”
I tweeted this about ten minutes ago but I know many of you don't use it, so you may want to watch this.
St. Louis Blues superstar Vladimir Tarasenko talks about the nerves he deals with prior to each game and much more.
Then the second video below is......
Blues Troy Brouwer talks about their game plan, getting Brian Elliott back in net and his goal in the 3-0 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday.
From the NHL:
TARASENKO, TROCHECK AND KINKAID
NAMED NHL ‘THREE STARS’ OF THE WEEK
NEW YORK (March 14, 2016) – St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko, Florida Panthers center Vincent Trocheck and New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid have been named the NHL’s “Three Stars” for the week ending March 13.
FIRST STAR – VLADIMIR TARASENKO, RW, ST. LOUIS BLUES
Tarasenko tied for the League lead with 3-3—6 in three games to power the Blues (41-20-9, 91 points) to a trio of wins and a share of first place – in terms of points – in the Central Division and Western Conference. He collected one assist in a 3-2 shootout victory against the Chicago Blackhawks March 9. Tarasenko then registered 2-1—3, his third multi-goal and fourth three-point performances of the season, in a 5-2 triumph over the Anaheim Ducks March 11. He capped the week with 1-1—2 in a 5-4 overtime win against the Dallas Stars March 12. The 24-year-old Yaroslavl, Russia, native shares fifth place in the NHL with 33 goals this season (33-28—61 in 68 GP), his second straight 30-goal campaign.
SECOND STAR – VINCENT TROCHECK, C, FLORIDA PANTHERS
Good hit by Clifford...
from Ben Frederickson of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Then came Horcoff's decking of Tarasenko. The cheers that followed Tarasenko's game-tying goal 10 minutes before were replaced by the silence of held breath.
Horcoff's forearm appeared to meet Tarasenko's chin. Their knees knocked. Tarasenko crashed backward and was eventually helped off the ice by a trainer. Blues center Steve Ott, never one to turn down an on-ice altercation, went after Anaheim star Corey Perry to retaliate.
By now you know how it ended. Tarasenko returned for the third period and the Blues won 2-1 to improve to 7-2-1.
Tarasenko declined to offer his opinion on if the hit was dirty. That didn't stop others from weighing in. Horcoff wasn't penalized for the blow, but he could hear from the NHL's department of player safety. That seems unlikely, though....
John Shannon of Sportsnet's Hockey Central came to the same conclusion:
"Don't expect any SD for Horcoff after his elbow on Tarasenko … Got his arm up, but what hurt Tarasenko was the inadvertent knee on knee."
Watch the hit below and no penalty on the play...
from Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press,
He made them pay. Twice. And if the Winnipeg Jets didn't already know about the deadly finish of Vladimir Tarasenko, they have the painful evidence now.
The 23-year-old Russian -- drafted in the first round in 2010 by the St. Louis Blues -- was all over the scoresheet in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Jets, finishing with two goals, including the game-winner as the visitors notched their fifth win in six games this season.
Tarasenko had 21 goals in 64 games two years ago, and exploded for 37 in 77 last year. But he now has five goals and nine points in the Blues' first six games this season and there is a sense he's not even close to reaching his ceiling.
"I think it's safe to say I've been around a long time and I've seen some unbelievable guys," said Gomez. "I got to play with (Alexander) Mogilny... but this guy might be at a different level. I don't think we even know the potential. It's almost scary. The closest thing I can think of is when Pavel Bure first broke into the league.
"When this guy gets the puck in almost any area, you've got to think goal almost every time. He's a great kid, he's got a smile on his face all the time and the guys just love him. You can tell he just wants to get better. It's pretty neat. You don't want to take him for granted. He's great for our league. He's a special one right there."
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from Norm Sanders of the News-Democrat,
After signing an eight-year, $60 million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues on Tuesday, star forward Vladimir Tarasenko isn’t concerned with the sudden jump in his financial state.
He’s all about one thing — helping the Blues win a Stanley Cup.
“No, it’s not about the money,” Tarasenko said Wednesday during a conference call with the media. “This is about your personality, how you can talk to the guys, how you can help the guys. I think money is important, but in leadership terms it is nothing. You can sign $60 million contract in one year and your teammates can hate you.
“All I’m thinking about, all I’m dreaming about is winning the Cup.”
The Blues have not been beyond the second round of the playoffs in the last three seasons, losing in the first round in each of the last two.
“I think the last three years our team gets good experience,” said Tarasenko, who also got married last week in Russia. “Right now we lose three years in a row, same style. Those are tough years for us. We just need to break it and we need to go as a group of guys.
“We need to stay all together, all 25 to 27 guys. The main part for me is we need to have one goal. It’s all about the Cup. If 26 guys will dream about the same thing, I think we can make it.”
from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,
The Blues showed the star right winger exactly what they thought of him with a stunning eight-year, $60 million contract. The length of the deal is the longest allowed under the CBA. The $7.5 million average annual value makes Tarasenko the highest-paid player on the team.
To many minds it’s a deal he’s earned. The 23-year-old Tarasenko has quickly established himself as one of the game’s top offensive stars. He scored 37 goals last season, tied for fifth in the league, and ranked 10th with 73 points. Nothing wrong with paying a top player top dollar.
Except, of course, that it’s not the way the system has worked in the past. Young stars at the end of their entry-level deals, as Tarasenko was, often settled for bridge pacts that included significant (but not outlandish) raises and a short terms. Such contracts forced players to prove themselves worthy of bigger deals and protected teams from over-committing to athletes with short résumés.
Now, though, teams need protection not only from themselves but from predacious competitors bearing offer sheets. The fear of losing a good young player to free agency (without getting something tangible, beyond draft picks, in return) is why the cap-strapped Bruins and Blackhawks felt compelled to trade away Dougie Hamilton and Brandon Saad, respectively, both of whom then got significant deals from their new teams.
(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...
From the NHL:
NHL ANNOUNCES 2014-15 ALL-STAR TEAMS
LAS VEGAS (June 24, 2015) -- Left wing Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals, who earned his seventh career berth on the First All-Star Team, heads the list of players voted to the 2014-15 National Hockey League postseason All-Star Teams. Also a three-time honoree on the Second Team, Ovechkin’s 10 career postseason All-Star Team selections are the most among active players.
Six of Ovechkin’s seven career First Team berths have come at left wing (he was voted to the First Team at right wing in 2012-13). The only left wings in NHL history with more First Team selections are Bobby Hull (10) and Ted Lindsay (eight).
Joining Ovechkin on the First Team are three first-time selections: goaltender Carey Price of the Montreal Canadiens, center John Tavares of the New York Islanders and right wing Jakub Voracek of the Philadelphia Flyers. The squad also features a pair of defensemen who have been selected to the First Team for the second time, Erik Karlsson of the Ottawa Senators and P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens.
Among those named to the Second Team is Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, voted to his fifth career postseason All-Star berth (3 First Team, 2 Second Team). Defensemen Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings and Shea Weber of the Nashville Predators both have landed a spot on the Second Team for the second time, while Dallas Stars left wing Jamie Benn, Minnesota Wild goaltender Devan Dubnyk and St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko are making their first career appearance on the Second Team.
Voting for the All-Star Team is conducted among representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season.
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from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Time remains to reach an agreement, but with Tarasenko eligible to receive outside offer sheets beginning July 1, and with Armstrong’s vow that the contract be completed before the club follows up on any other plans, a resolution is of the essence.
Not so, says Armstrong.
“(Tarasenko) knows he’s going to be here, we know he’s going to be here,” Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch. “When it happens, it happens.”
Tarasenko, 23, will be wrapping up his entry-level contract at the end of this month, making him an RFA. In three years, he produced 66 goals and 135 points in 179 regular-season games, while posting 10 goals and 11 points in 13 playoff games.
A campaign of 37 goals and 73 points in the 2014-15 regular season placed Tarasenko in the top 10 in the NHL in both categories. He followed that up with six goals and seven points in the team’s first-round playoff series loss to Minnesota.
They are numbers that could take the right winger from his entry-level base salary of $900,000 (excluding bonuses) to among the team’s top-paid players next season — in the neighborhood of center Paul Stastny ($7 million) and defenseman Alex Pietrangelo ($6.5 million).
from Jeremy P. Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
In his third NHL season, the Russian right winger has become the Blues’ go-to player. His 24 goals, which rank fifth in the league, include four game-winners and five that were either scored in overtime or the last 10 minutes of the third period when the difference in the score was one goal or less.
The Blues have not seen the likes of Tarasenko since Brett Hull roamed the rink in St. Louis. Tarasenko is on pace for 42 goals, a far cry from Hull’s career-high 86, but gone are those high-scoring days in the NHL and plus, he’s just getting started.
“He is unselfish, has a very high hockey IQ and has a cannon for a shot,” Hull said. “He’s going to be a star because of his skills.”
In 46 games this season, Tarasenko has already set personal bests in goals and points (47), the type of production that will see him, at just 23 years old, play in his first All-Star Game Sunday at Nationwide Arena.
Surveying everyone from fellow NHL stars to league scouts, Tarasenko’s trajectory is one that many believe will continue trending upward.
The Edmonton Journal's Jim Matheson's main Hockey World column is a good read, discussing the post-firing life of coaches who rebounded in their own ways in Tom Renney and Rick Bowness, but his "Short Shifts" are probably more pertinent:
- St. Louis Blues phenom Vladimir Tarasenko, who just turned 23, has 20 goals on the year, but he might have scored 30 if he had shot more. He’s got 113 shots but that only puts him seventh behind Ovechkin, Karlsson, Seguin, Giroux, Pavelski and Pacioretty. “He could be more selfish,” said an NHL pro scout, marvelling at the Russian youngster’s release. Tarasenko, who may get to the $5-million to $6-million per season range in a new contract this summer, has 16 even-strength goals, second only to Tyler Seguin’s 17. “Twenty goals before Christmas? That’s special,” said teammate Steve Ott.
- If Vincent Lecavalier is playing right wing with Zac Rinaldo and French rookie Pierre-Edouard Bellemare in Philly, this is the end of the line for him, no?
- It should be noted that Roberto Luongo has a much better (2.35) goals-against average and way higher (.925) save percentage than Ryan Miller (.267) and .900 in Vancouver right now, but Miller has 16 wins. His team gives him way more run support than Luongo’s (11 wins) in Florida. Miller’s numbers are five-alarm stuff, but he is in the first year of a three-year, $18-million deal and he’s 34, not, say, 28.
This is probably true of more general managers (and coaches) than not, too:
-New Jersey Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello is almost always around his team, home and away, but he knows exactly what’s going on with his farm team and their prospects. “He gets tapes of the games and the practices,” said former Devils defenceman Mark Fayne.
Matheson continues, and while we're doing short quips and quotes, Yahoo Sports' Nicholas J. Cotsonika penned a superb "Three Periods" column discussing the Blue Jackets' resurgence and Patrik Elias' pluck, but the "Third Period" sticks:
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from Nicholas J. Cotsonika of Yahoo,
Not long ago Vladimir Tarasenko was a boy in Novosibirsk, living with his grandfather while his father played hockey in another city in the Russian Superleague. His grandfather had a friend at an outdoor rink. They would take the bus 10 or 15 minutes, five stops, to take advantage of an open dressing room and endless ice.
They would skate for three or four hours in the subzero Siberian night – minus-20, minus-30, sometimes even minus-40 degrees Celsius. Yes, the temperature could plunge that low. They could skate, Tarasenko said, “forever.”
Now Tarasenko is a 22-year-old winger starring for the St. Louis Blues, ranking among the NHL leaders with nine goals and 19 points in 15 games. He has a wicked shot, deft passing touch, keen hockey sense, strong drive and humble attitude. He is a case study of nature and nurture, DNA and development, talent and commitment.
The St. Louis Blues defeated the New York Rangers 4-3 in a shootout on Monday night, but the game's prettiest goal came from Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko, whose 1-1 marker involved beating three Rangers defensemen and then goaltender Cam Talbot with the move all the Swedish NHL'ers like to point out was pioneered by Kent Nilsson, not Peter Forsberg or Henrik Zetterberg:
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that forward Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery after injuring his right hand during last night’s 4-1 win over the Predators in Nashville. Tarasenko’s procedure will be performed Wednesday by Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University Orthopedics and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and he’ll be re-evaluated in six weeks.
added 7:34pm, Watch the video below, scroll to the 1:18 mark and with 21 seconds left in the game, you may see how Tarasenko was injured...
from RIA NOVOSTI,
Russian hockey forward Vladimir Tarasenko offered a restrained evaluation of his rookie NHL season with St. Louis Blues Monday, telling R-Sport the campaign was “good, but average.”
In the lockout-shortened 2012-13 season, he scored eight goals and 11 assists in 38 appearances, earning Rookie of the Month honors in January after leading all rookies with nine points. But Tarasenko missed 10 games after suffering concussion on February 20 and netted only two goals the rest of the season after returning to action on March 16.
Speaking in Sochi after Russia’s two-day Olympic national team orientation camp, Tarasenko said his numbers were partly a result of the injury and a questionable work ethic and attitude last season on the road to recovery. He vowed to improve.
“I’ll try to do better this season. My self-requirements have increased,” he said. “Because of my youth I didn’t really know how to condition myself and how to prioritize. Now I’ve got an understanding after talking to guys like [former New Jersey Devils star] Ilya Kovalchuk that you have to take care of yourself and prepare hard.”
a bit more...
“He’s not going to be surprised by anything, he’s going to be way more ready, so I think our hope is that you see a player more comfortable, more composed, more assured of himself and I think this year we’ll get a really good evaluation. In talking to him, he’s about as far away as you can get from sophomore jinx. He’s hungry, he’s focused. Now you get to see his natural ability on a daily basis.”
-Ken Hitchcock, head coach of the St. Louis Blues on Vladimir Tarasenko. More from Jeremey Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
from Bernie Miklasz of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
The incompetence displayed by the alleged NHL leadership is so staggeringly routine, it leaves me in awe. How can one league remain so utterly clueless and still survive? This is the real miracle on ice.
In the latest piece of unique wisdom, the NHL reaffirmed that it’s OK to crush a defenseless player with a vicious shot to the head — as long as the hit doesn’t stem from a specific, targeted attempt to injure.
Despite countless studies that loudly sound the alarm over the danger of head trauma, the NHL thinks it’s OK for a player to attack the head of an opponent.
Blues rookie Vladimir Tarasenko, a budding star at 21, was flattened by a cheap shot delivered by Colorado’s Mark Olver in Wednesday’s game. The image of a bleeding and disoriented Tarasenko collapsed on the ice did nothing to nudge the NHL out of its hopelessly irresponsible Neanderthal mentality.
If you didn't see the hit or need to see it again, watch it below...
In the first video, NHL Tonight says Tarasenko was blindsided by the hit.
In the 2nd video below, John Forslund and Brian Engblom with their call and opinion of the hit.
What do you think and there was no penalty on the play.
via RIA Novosti,
Hockey prodigy Vladimir Tarasenko is not ready to move to the NHL with the St. Louis Blues, his former KHL coach Milos Riha said Monday.
The 20-year-old right wing took up his entry contract with the Blues last month after four seasons in the KHL in which he racked up 100 points in 176 games.
“It was his decision and his choice. To my mind, he has got ahead of himself a little bit,” SKA St. Petersburg coach Riha said on the KHL website.
“I think that he could play a couple more years in KHL and grew to maturity as a hockey player. I can only wish him luck.”
SKA has a reputation as a big-spending team keen to recruit stars, but none of its seven signings this summer are household names.
The St. Petersburg team is still targeting a famous new recruit, Riha sadi.
“We’ll try to buy one famous player whose name everyone knows.”
Well that time of year has arrived again!
No, not Santa Claus bringing home the goods.
No, this is better, well at least for one international hockey team that can wrest World Junior Hockey Gold from its opponents.
I’d love to hear any predictions on who will win gold.
In the meantime, I hope everyone has a great holiday season with their loved ones!
Head Coach: Keith Allain
Key Players: Chris Kreider, Nick Leddy, Kyle Palmieri, Ryan Bourque
Last Years Result: Gold Medal Win over Canada
Head Coach: Jost Richard
Key Players: Nino Niederreiter, Benjamin Conz, Sven Bartschi, Inti Pestoni
Last Year’s Result: Lost to Sweden in the Bronze Medal Game
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