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Vladimir Tarasenko | Winger

Team: St Louis Blues
Age / DOB:  (23) / 12/13/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 219
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Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said the Blues cleared out enough cap space to make sure they could sign Vladimir Tarasenko long-term.
They also did not want to be vulnerable to an offer sheet, or be forced to trade him away like the Bruins (Dougie Hamilton) and Blackhawks (Brandon Saad) did with their young stars. "This is the first year we saw the leveling off of the cap and some (teams) were hampered by that leveling off," Armstrong said. "As a market our size, we love to see the growth of game, but it's difficult for a lot of the franchises to be spending at that $70-plus million … selfishly we were happy to see that there was a leveling off." Jul 11 - 2:29 PM

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Blues GM Doug Armstrong doesn't think Vladimir Tarasenko has reached his ceiling.

"We saw, I think, just the tip of the iceberg of what Vladi can do in this league last year — highlight-reel goals in New York and against Minnesota in the playoffs," Armstrong said. "At such a young age, to show those skills, really made this a priority for us to see if we could work with him to get him to sign a long-term extension." Tarasenko went into the summer as a restricted free agent and ended up agreeing to an eight-year, $60 million contract extension. He had 37 goals and 73 points in 77 contests, so he doesn't really need to grow further for him to be worth that contract, although he does have to maintain that high level of play.
Jul 8 - 11:06 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko has signed with the St. Louis Blues to an eight-year, $60 million contract extension.

Tarasenko's contract will consequently come with a $7.5 million annual cap hit. He had 37 goals and 73 points in 77 contests last season, so if you assume that he's going to continue to average roughly a point-per-game, then Tarasenko's deal looks pretty good compared to what some other top-line players have recently got. The Blues are taking a bit of a risk though as he still just has 179 games worth of NHL experience.
Jul 7 - 1:23 PM

St. Louis Blues GM Doug Armstrong has made it clear to top-scorer and RFA Vladimir Tarasenko he's "a priority."

"I've been clear that he's a priority for us and he understands that," Armstrong said. "Now we've just got to see if we can get a deal done." Tarasenko had a break-out season for the Blues in 2014-15, leading the team with 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games. The two markers ranked tied for fifth and tenth respectively in the league as well. He also ranked third in the league with 29 even-strength goals, just three behind leader Rick Nash. Though Tarasenko is expected to command a long term and high cap hit, he's "not worried" about a possible offer sheet as St. Louis has about $14.3M in cap space.
Jun 30 - 8:26 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko ended up on the second team of the league's All-Star squad.

The voting for the end of the season honor was close as Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek narrowly edged out Tarasenko for the first team right winger slot. Voracek received 491 points and Tarasenko got 470.
Jun 25 - 6:10 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko stayed hot by collecting his third goal in five games in Sunday's 3-2 overtime win over Slovakia.

Tarasenko now ranks third on the team in goals scored, but outside the top three on the team in points with four through five games.
May 10 - 6:42 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored a goal and added a helper in Russia's 7-0 rout of Belarus at the IIHF World Hockey Championships Saturday afternoon.

Tarasenko seems to be picking up right where he left off after a very successful NHL season. Evgeni Malkin and former NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk also registered two points in the victory.
May 9 - 11:31 AM

The St. Louis Blues are concentrating on re-signing Vladimir Tarasenko.

"We are not going to be active in signing other players until we get him taken care of," Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. "If it means allowing players to go to free agency, if it means making players sweat it out on what their deal's going to be, he's the priority for us." Tarasenko had 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games in 2014-15, so he's in line for a big payday. That being said, he's a restricted free agent coming off of his entry-level contract, so Armstrong is in a fairly strong negotiating position. He's already stated that he'll match any offer sheet if it comes to that.
May 4 - 5:42 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko will be a restricted free agent this summer and the Blues are making him a top priority.

"We are not going to be active in signing other players until we get him taken care of," Armstrong said. "Meaning we're going to take care of our restricted free agents, but we're not going to ... he's the primary guy. He knows it, the hockey world knows it." Blues GM Doug Armstrong made it clear that St. Louis will match any offer from opposing team. Tarasenko led the club with 37 goals and 73 points in 77 games.
Source: Lou Korac
Apr 30 - 3:55 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko plans to play for Team Russia in the 2015 World Championships.

Tarasenko had six goals and seven points in St. Louis' first round series against Minnesota, but it wasn't enough to save the Blues. This will be the second time Tarasenko has participated in the Worlds, with his first appearance coming in 2011. He should play a much bigger role this time around.
Apr 28 - 12:25 PM

Vladimir Tarasenko registered six of the Blues' 14 goals in their first-round series loss to Minnesota.

T.J. Oshie, David Backes, Alexander Steen, Paul Stastny and Jaden Schwartz produced one goal apiece versus the Wild. Tarasenko was credited with 14 shots, so he posted an incredible 42.9 shooting percentage.

Vladimir Tarasenko scored his sixth goal of the series during Friday's 4-1 Game Five loss to Minnesota.

Tarasenko took a brilliant and gutsy diagonal cross-crease feed from Alex Steen to one-time the game's opening tally on the power play. Tarasenko now leads the league in playoff goals with his six, and is tied with teammate Kevin Shattenkirk and Anaheim's Corey Perry for top of the points table with seven.
Apr 25 - 12:58 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko scored twice in the Blues 6-1 romp of Minnesota on Wednesday.

Tarasenko has been on absolute fire this series with five goals on eight shots. His second of the night was a highlight-reel effort that ended in beautiful deke and lay-in on a down and out Devan Dubnyk. If you have in your playoff pool you are pretty happy with your selection. Kevin Shattenkirk added three assists while Patrik Berglund and David Backes each added a goal and assist in the blowout effort.
Apr 23 - 12:36 AM

Vladimir Tarasenko and Alexander Steen have found a natural chemistry in the post-season.

Tarasenko has four points (three goals and one assist), while Steen has three points (one goal and two assists) in their first two playoff games of the year. "(I) played with Steener together when Jori (Lehtera) wasn't here," said Tarasenko. "We played at the beginning of the season together too. It wasn't hard to bring the chemistry back. As long as we score and help the team, this is a good line."
Apr 19 - 10:07 AM

After failing to register a shot on goal in Game 1, Vladimir Tarasenko's first career playoff hat trick powered a 4-1 St. Louis Blues win against the Minnesota Wild in Game 2.

Tarasenko has four points so far in this series, as he had an assist in Game 1. The talented Russian had 37 goals in 2014-15, so don't be surprised if he has a big playoff run, especially with a contract on the line.
Apr 18 - 5:59 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1David Backes
2Paul Stastny
3Jori Lehtera
4Kyle Brodziak
LW1Alexander Steen
2Jaden Schwartz
3Steve Ott
4Jordan Caron
5Magnus Paajarvi
RW1Vladimir Tarasenko
2Troy Brouwer
3Patrik Berglund
4Dmitrij Jaskin
5Ryan Reaves
D1Kevin Shattenkirk
2Alex Pietrangelo
3Jay Bouwmeester
4Carl Gunnarsson
5Petteri Lindbohm
6Robert Bortuzzo
7Chris Butler
8Peter Harrold
G1Brian Elliott
2Jake Allen