The defending Stanley Cup champion St Louis Blues have just received a dose of bad news. Teresenko, the superstar that helped the Blues hoist their first Cup, is now to be lost for 5 months due to shoulder surgery. If they can survive without him and still make the playoffs, it would seem he would return for that. I believe they are deep enough to do it.
No way it is a huge loss for the team. Not sure if they will be able to climb again without him. Maybe. They have a chance, if their #1 goalie Binnington will be playing the same way as he did last year.
Actually, the player's last name is Tarasenko, which is coming from a not very common first name there - Taras.
As was already stated, repeating as Stanley Cup champions was already difficult enough even fully manned.
Losing Mr. Tarasenko certainly doesn't help the team, but it still isn't impossible.
If anything, this St. Louis Blues team last season showed how "not impossible" things can be in the NHL.
Their Cup win is living proof as by all rights they should have missed the playoffs after the start and middle of the season they had.
Like I said, it will mean many other guys are going to have