Vladimir Tarasenko | RW
St. Louis Blues
The St Louis Blues are in a tailspin. They added quality down the middle in Ryan O’Reilly over the summer but 33 games through the season and they’re three points from last in the west. After missing the playoffs last season this was supposed to be the bounce-back season for Doug Armstrong’s team.
Again, that isn’t going well. Which has led to rumors that everyone on the Blues roster is available via trade. That includes the likes of star forward and two-time All-Star Vladimir Tarasenko.
From 2014-15 to the 2017-18 season Tarasenko is the 12th highest point scorer in the NHL. If he’s available the New York Islanders have to call the Blues to inquire about the price.
The price is going to be high. Probably too high. But if the Islanders can work something out where the impact of a trade won’t affect their immediate and long-term future too much Lou should make the deal.
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A player like Vladimir Tarasenko doesn’t often become available. Usually, teams aren’t willing to trade them or they’re locked up behind trade protection. But it seems that the Blues are listening to offers and Tarasenko’s deal doesn’t have trade protection until next season when he would qualify to become a UFA.