Big news out of the NHL last night, no not the Stanley Cup Final, Blues star winger Vladimir Tarasenko requested a trade. Supposedly, this was something that was boiling over for Tarasenko for a while in St Louis.
The first issue was how the team handled his shoulder surgeries. He had two in 2018 and 2019 which were done by Blues physicians. Apparently, the damage from the injury wasn’t corrected in the first two surgeries and it took until a third surgery, done away from the team, to correct the problem.
Also, Tarasenko didn’t like that he wasn’t named Captain despite being one of the longest-tenured Blues players. Instead, Ryan O’Reilly who was just acquired before the 2018-2019 season, was given the honor.
Apparently, the New York Islanders are on Tarasenko’s shortlist of teams that he would like to be traded to. With the cap situation, it would be a difficult ask, but not an impossible one. Tampa Bay, Pittsburgh, the New York Islanders, Vegas, Washington, Montreal, Toronto, and Florida were listed in The Athletic article.
Today, we’ll look at three trade packages that the Islanders can pull off in order to try to lure Tarasenko to the Island.