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Vladimir Tarasenko Traded To The New York Rangers

02/09/2023 at 2:14pm EST

added 2:19pm,

added 2:31pm, NYR release is below.

NEW YORK, FEBRUARY 9, 2023 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Chris Drury announced today that the team has acquired forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defenseman Niko Mikkola in exchange for a conditional first-round pick in the 2023 NHL Entry Draft, a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2024 NHL Entry Draft, Sammy Blais, and Hunter Skinner.

Tarasenko, 31, has skated in 38 games for the St. Louis Blues this season, tallying 10 goals and 19 assists for 29 points. From the beginning of the season until December 27, Tarasenko’s 29 points and 19 assists ranked third on the Blues, and his 10 goals ranked tied for third on the team.

The Yaroslavl, Russia native has played 11 seasons in the NHL (2012-13 – 2022-23), all with the Blues, where he’s collected 262 goals and 291 assists for 553 points in 644 games. Last season, Tarasenko notched career-highs in assists (48) and points (82). In his career, he has scored 30-plus goals on six different occasions, with his career-high total coming in 2015-16 (40). Since 2014-15, Tarasenko is one of three skaters in the NHL (others: Alex Ovechkin, Auston Matthews) to post 33-plus goals in six or more different seasons.

The 6-1, 228 pound winger departs St. Louis with the fifth most goals and points in franchise history, seventh most assists, sixth most power play goals (65), and third most game-winning goals (44).

Tarasenko has played in 90 postseason games with the Blues, recording 41 goals and 19 assists for 60 points. In 2019, Tarasenko helped guide the team to its first ever Stanley Cup with 17 points (11G-6A) in 26 playoff games. Since 2012-13, Tarasenko’s 41 playoff goals are tied for the fifth most in the NHL and his 13 power play goals in that span are tied for the ninth most.

Tarasenko was originally drafted by the Blues in the first round, 16th overall, of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.

Mikkola, 26, has notched three assists/points and a plus-2 rating in 50 games with St. Louis this season. He ranks third on the team in hits with 96, third in blocked shots with 68 and has the second most shorthanded time on ice on the club (92:34)

The Kiiminki, Finland native has played parts of four seasons in the NHL, all with the Blues (2019-20 – 2022-23), where he’s collected four goals and 16 assists for 20 points in 139 games. Last season, he posted career-highs in games played (54), goals (3), assists (10) and points (13). In addition, Mikkola has added two assists/points in 16 playoff games with the Blues over two seasons.

The 6-4, 209-pound defenseman has represented Finland at a variety of international tournaments, including the World Junior Championship and World Championship, where he won a gold medal in 2019 alongside Kaapo Kakko.

Mikkola was originally selected by the Blues in the fifth round, 127th overall, of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.


What a get for the Blues, and this just in from the DRW Trade desk... "trades are hard"


Maybe the "get" wasn't what I was thinking when I first saw the trade.  I won't edit my original take.    I was thinking the Blues were getting one of the NYR better D prospects, Skinner is not that, and the Blues also gave NYR a 3rd pair depth Dman and ate 1/2 of Tarasenko's deal.

The conditions of the pick, the 1st rounder is the 2nd of two NYR have from Dallas, so certainly a late 1st rounder, but the 4th turns to a 3rd if they make the playoffs and its 2024, 3rd is a given. 

Fair considering he's a UFA so got something for a asset about to walk.


ST. LOUIS - St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the team has acquired a conditional 2023 first-round draft pick, a 2024 fourth-round draft pick, forward Sammy Blais and defenseman Hunter Skinner from the New York Rangers in exchange for forward Vladimir Tarasenko and defenseman Niko Mikkola.

Blais, 26, was originally drafted by the Blues in the sixth round of the 2017 NHL Draft and spent his first four NHL seasons in St. Louis. During his first stint with the Blues, the 6-foot-2, 206-pound forward posted 35 points (17 goals, 18 assists) and 44 penalty minutes in 119 regular-season games. After being acquired by the Rangers on July 23, 2021, Blais has collected nine assists and 25 penalty minutes across 54 regular-season games with New York. Overall, the Montmagny, Quebec, native has totaled 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) and 69 penalty minutes in 173 career regular-season games.

Skinner, 21, was drafted by the Rangers in the fourth round (No. 112 overall) of the 2019 NHL Draft. This season, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman has tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in 22 games with the ECHL's Jacksonville Icemen as well as two assists in eight games with the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. Overall, the Wyandotte, Michigan, native has recorded 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) and 42 penalty minutes in 67 career AHL games.

Tarasenko, 31, was drafted by the Blues in the first round (No. 16 overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft. Across 11 seasons with the Blues, the Yaroslavl, Russia, native accumulated 553 points (262 goals, 291 assists) and 185 penalty minutes in 644 regular-season games. He also posted 60 points (41 goals, 19 assists) and six penalty minutes in 90 postseason appearances.

Mikkola, 26, was drafted by the Blues in the fifth round (No. 127 overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft. Across four seasons with the Blues, the Kiiminki, Finland, native recorded 20 points (four goals, 16 assists) and 101 penalty minutes. Mikkola also posted two assists and 10 penalty minutes in 16 postseason games.


So basically a conditional 1st and 4th for Vlad. Without knowing the exact conditions for the draft picks I'd say both teams did quite well. 


Seems like a fair trade but I just never believe in the NYR. 

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