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Rutherford: Tarasenko wants trade out of St. Louis

 

Last off-season, Blues fans had to contend with Doug Armstrong being unable to sign Alex Pietrangelo. This off-season, it appears they’re going to have to find a way to cope with Vladimir Tarasenko being dealt to another team.

 

Blues beat writer for The Athletic Jeremy Rutherford shared information from sources that believe that Vladimir Tarasenko has requested a trade out of St. Louis .

 

He does a solid job of breaking down the causes of the acrimony, where Tarasenko might wind up, and if teams could/would trade for him.

 

The long and the short of the reasons that Tarasenko is said to have requested a trade boils down to his shoulder.

 

Three shoulder surgeries in quick succession have damaged Tarasenko’s value and led fans to question his readiness to play after his return this season. He looked tentative more often than not when he was on the ice, possibly carrying in the back of his mind that one more shoulder injury would be it.

The problem is Tarasenko’s reported perception of the quality of work in the first two surgeries, performed by Blues team doctors (the third was done by the Steadman Clinic in Edwards, CO).

In March, The Athletic wrote about those procedures and a third one, in 2020, which was carried out by non-club doctors at the Steadman Clinic in Edwards, Colo.

 

The ligament damage from the first injury was not corrected in either of the first two operations, sources say, and wasn’t caught until Tarasenko was seen by the doctors at Steadman.

It’s easy to see why Tarasenko would be upset if this is accurate. Unnecessary stress and damage in his shoulder damages Tarasenko’s career.

 

Anger at how the Blues handled the surgery appears to have boiled over to other aspects of his role on the team, such as his disappointment that Ryan O’Reilly was selected captain over him.

 

Also nagging at Tarasenko was his use in front of the net on the power-play instead of using him at the point.

Tarasenko has a no-trade clause that he can waive with a list of teams, which limits who the Blues can make a deal with and potentially what they can get in return.

 

Who - if anyone - acquires him boils down to who has cap space, who has assets to deal, and are they worthwhile to the Blues?

From The Athletic:

On Wednesday, The Athletic surveyed a handful of NHL general managers, who confirmed that Armstrong has quietly been shopping Tarasenko for a while.

 

Those GMs were aware of his availability but are not interested. It’s a small sample but could be a glimpse of the difficulty the Blues can expect in trying to move him.

There’s the rub. Do teams even want to deal quality assets for a player of Tarasenko’s cost and injury history?

 

If a team is willing to pick him up, they’re going to have to make the deal worthwhile for the Blues. St. Louis will be down a player who, in a healthy season, is a consistent scoring threat.

 

The Blues can’t bet against that without a sure fire return in play, and it appears that other GMs are hesitant to take that much of a risk.

 

Rutherford’s story dovetails with the report from last month from Shane O’Brien that the Blues were “ready to move on” from Tarasenko.

 

O’Brien’s speculation surrounded a hypothetical deal that saw Tarasenko and Matthew Tkachuk trade jerseys. Now we know that deal depends on if Calgary’s on Tarasenko’s list - and what package the Flames would want with Tarasenko for Tkachuk.

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On 7/8/2021 at 6:40 AM, Brewin Flames said:

Also nagging at Tarasenko was his use in front of the net on the power-play instead of using him at the point.

Tarasenko has a no-trade clause that he can waive with a list of teams, which limits who the Blues can make a deal with and potentially what they can get in return.

 

 

I offer Jake Voracek for Tarasenko. That is my starting point. I prefer straight up.

 

Because there is risk involved taking him on and not much risk in Jake other than he is signed for an extra year.

 

But maybe Vlad could help jump start the Flyers impotent power play and he did have the Flyers on his approved list.

 

Not sure if the Blues would be interested or if they can find a better offer.

 

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@OccamsRazor

Maybe this is the blockbuster deal?

I floated this based on your Colton Parayko suggestion

 

Phi: Voracek, Myers,  pick 2021 (2nd maybe the 1st)

Stl: Tarasenko, Parayko

 

Why would St Louis do this ? they need to sign a bazillion guys This move would give them NHL players 2 good ones and some magic beans plus the some cap space to sign some of their other guys. Myers upside is just shy of Parayko IMO, Voracek is reliable for 60 points drinking beer and eating pierogies. Myers salary offsets the difference in the Tarasenko/Voracek contracts and provides cap relief.

 

Tarasenko doesn't come risk free. 

 

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2 minutes ago, mojo1917 said:

@OccamsRazor

Maybe this is the blockbuster deal?

I floated this based on your Colton Parayko suggestion

 

Phi: Voracek, Myers,  pick 2021 (2nd maybe the 1st)

Stl: Tarasenko, Parayko

 

Why would St Louis do this ? they need to sign a bazillion guys This move would give them NHL players 2 good ones and some magic beans plus the some cap space to sign some of their other guys. Myers upside is just shy of Parayko IMO, Voracek is reliable for 60 points drinking beer and eating pierogies. Myers salary offsets the difference in the Tarasenko/Voracek contracts and provides cap relief.

 

Tarasenko doesn't come risk free. 

 

 

I like it the only issue i am looking at is it would have to go down after the expansion draft unless the Blues are going to just go with 8 skaters. Due to the fact they have 3 guys with NTCs.

 

And Vlad would require protection once trade due to his NTC who would Flyers expose for him??

 

Krug, Faulk and Scandella. So are they planning to expose Parayko???

 

I think not. So i will try to guess at their protection list.

 

Faulk

Krug

Scandella 

Vlad

Schenn

Perron

Binnington

 

Those are the 7 guys who MUST be protected. So who gets that 8th spot??

 

Parayko?? O' Reilly??

 

So other than that can we work around this?? Or wait till the expansion draft.

 

But if Blues leave Parayko exposed i think he claimed.

 

Otherwise i would do this.

 

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