Just two seasons after winning the Stanley Cup, the Blues are losing steam. An early first-round exit the last two seasons have fumed the locker room in St. Louis. This includes Russian superstar Vladimir Tarasenko. Tarasenko is a natural sniper and a gifted puck handler. It seems like he has had enough of the culture in St. Louis. Tarasenko has officially requested a trade from the team he has been on for the last 8 seasons.
Tarasenko is entering the seventh year of an eight-year, $60 million contract. pic.twitter.com/uG6UTBQyrq
— TSN (@TSN_Sports) July 8, 2021
He currently has two years left on the eight-year extension he signed. This contract carries a cap hit of $7.5 million per season. With a lot of teams in need of a left-shot winger, he should be getting a lot of calls for his services. The question is “will the Blues pull the trigger to send the superstar out of St. Louis?” It seems logical that they can get at least a first-round pick for the player. Here are three teams that should absolutely be calling the Blues about Vladimir Tarasenko.
New York Islanders
The Islanders are no stranger to making a huge trade over the last few seasons. They gave up a first-round pick to Ottawa in the J.G Pageau trade. He immediately signed a six-year extension with the club upon his arrival. This past trade deadline, they made the acquisition of Kyle Palmieri of the New Jersey Devils. With Palmieri most likely on his way out, it looks like they need a replacement. Vladimir Tarasenko could be a perfect fit.
It still doesn’t make sense as to why Leo Komarov is on the first line with Matt Barzal. It is also a possibility that Jordan Eberle, the right-wing for Barzal, gets picked by Seattle in the expansion draft. With this, it looks like the young star is going to need some help on his wings. If the Islanders make a push for Tarasenko, that could really help the first line. With Anders Lee coming back from a torn ACL next year, that first-line combination could be deadly.
The Predators are a huge flip of a coin for next season. Some early-season struggles had fans wanting a total rebuild this season. After bonding together, the Predators did not sell at the deadline and actually made the playoffs. This should have the players feeling good as their season looked like it was over early on. They started their offseason by trading away first-line right-winger Viktor Arvidsson to the Kings. With the players unhappy about the move, there should be a backup plan in motion. Why not a guy like Vladimir Tarasenko?
That first-line right-wing position is wide open for a player like Tarasenko to step in. The trade comes with the risk of an extra year on the contract. The price might be high, but if Nashville feels they are still in playoff form, they need to address the first-line right-wing position. Tarasenko seems like he can mold into the Nashville style of play and be a perfect fit in Nashville.
The Bruins make the list once again. It is only logical considering the circumstances of the team. Craig Smith fit in perfectly with David Krejci and Taylor Hall last year, but he is not a long-term solution for the second line. If the team doesn’t want to irritate the first line, they need to build another super line on the second line. David Krejci seems like he is willing to take a pay cut for the team, so the cap space is there. Enter the Vladimir Tarasenko chat.
Thinking of a potential second line of Taylor Hall, David Krejci, and Vladimir Tarasenko should have all the Bruins fans excited. It is known that Don Sweeney has called in on Tarasenko from the Blues recently. The top two lines might not be the biggest need for the Bruins right now, but if the opportunity arises, the team would be stupid not to think about it.
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