It has been awhile since we have had any NHL trade rumors chatter about Vladimir Tarasenko. This past offseason he wanted out of St. Louis but no team wanted to touch his contract until they know how healthy he is.
The latest two shoulder surgeries became a source of broken trust for Tarasenko with the Blues and a dispute over whether the two were handled properly led to a trade request in the summer. No deal was found.
Rory Boylen of Sportsnet reports Vladimir Tarasenko still requests a trade from the Blues, he realizes that may not happen soon, it may not happen this year, it could happen next off-season, or maybe Doug Armstrong never finds the right deal for Tarasenko and he plays out the last two years of his contract.
Boylen went on to say, it’s a lot to take on Tarasenko’s $7.5 million of cap in-season these days, and this would come with added risk when you consider Tarasenko’s recent surgeries and their potential long-term impact.
If Tarasenko, 29, plays well as the NHL season continues, he could be adding fuel to the NHL rumors all season.
As reported in the offseason, Tarasenko has waived his no-trade clause and will accept a trade to any team.