TSN is reporting that St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko has requested a trade.
Tarasenko, 29, asked for the move earlier this offseason, and general manager Doug Armstrong is currently trying to work out a deal.
The trade of Tarasenko would free up salary cap space if the Blues decide to pursue Gabriel Landeskog in free agency. NHL trade rumors have the Blues very interested in Landeskog if he does not re-sign with the Avs.
Rutherford was quoted as saying, “a deal could happen before the start of next season.” Tarasenko has two years left on his current contract at an average value of $7.5 million, and has a no-trade clause.
Tarasenko will have to waive his no-trade clause for a trade to happen and with his injury history the Blues will likely have to eat some salary for a trade to be completed or take a bad contract back.
The New York Rangers, New York Islanders and Edmonton Oilers could have interest in Tarasenko.