December 16, 2018 | 2:10pm ET
TEAMS CALLING BLUES ABOUT TARASENKO
Vladimir Tarasenko, right wing
The St. Louis Blues are entertaining inquiries about almost all of their players, and it appears some teams have been asking about star sniper Vladimir Tarasenko.
During Saturday night’s “Headlines” segment on Hockey Night in Canada, Nick Kypreos reported Tarasenko is being watched by a number of clubs out there.
“We know that (Blues GM) Doug Armstrong wants to eventually change the make-up of his dressing room,” Kypreos said. “Tarasenko is an interesting topic of discussion. He has a no-trade that kicks in July 1, so there’s a lot of teams that’s interested in seeing what direction (the Blues) want to go.”
Tarasenko, who turned 27 on Dec. 13, is in the fourth-year of an eight-year, $60 million contract and comes with a $7.5 million salary cap hit. He’s making $7 million in actual salary this season, then $9.5 million next season and in 2021-22, and $5.5 million in seasons 2020-21 and 2022-23.
Armstrong has generated calls for a number of his players, including forwards Alex Steen and Brayden Schenn, and defencemen Colton Parayko and Alex Pietrangelo, who is currently injured.
While the Blues are looking to make an impact move to shake things up, dealing multiple stars may not be in the cards, though many believe one major trade could be completed this season.
With the holiday roster freeze kicking in at 11:59pm ET on Dec. 19, it’s unlikely a blockbuster deal is completed by then, but talks will certainly carry-on and pick up in the New Year.
The Carolina Hurricanes, Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers, Arizona Coyotes and New York Islanders are all in the market for a sniper and could kick the tires on Tarasenko.
In 30 games with the Blues so far this season, Tarasenko has picked up nine goals and 11 assists for 20 points.