By Mitchell Goldenberg
It is a sad day for St. Louis Blues fans. News has broke that the 29-Year-Old disgruntled star has requested a trade to leave St. Louis. Tarasenko has played 531 career games for St. Louis, over the past 9 seasons, but is reportedly frustrated with the current situation of the team.
Vladimir Tarasenko quickly became a fan favorite for the St. Louis Blues. In just his second season, Tarasenko tallied 43 points on the year, with 21 goals and 22 assists. This was only a glimpse into his bright future where Vlady would go on to record 73 or more points per season. This would include his only 40 goal season in the 2015-16 season. This 40 goal season would launch the then 24-Year-Old Star into worldwide superstardom as Tarasenko would grace the cover on NHL 17.
Vladimir Tarasenko would continue to be an elite Forward in the NHL following him grace the cover of NHL 17. Not only did Vlady continue to play well, but his team got even better. St. Louis would go on and win the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history, and Tarasenko was an impact player in that helped secure some important wins down the stretch. Little did St. Louis know, this would be the last full season from Tarasenko prior to requesting a trade earlier this week.
Vladimir Tarasenko has two potential reasons to be upset with the St. Louis Blues. It has come out that following his injury early in the 2019-2020 season, Vlady feels that the training staff of the St. Louis Blues has mismanaged his shoulder injuries which means he has missed more time than necessary. This would be extremely upsetting as a player, and I believe that this is a key component to Tarasenko being frustrated, but I do not see this as the only reason Vlady would be mad.
Entering the 2020-2021 season, the St. Louis Blues lost Alex Pietrangelo in free agency to the Las Vegas Golden Knights. With the long term captain of the team no longer a member of St. Louis, Tarasenko felt it was his turn to step up and be named Captain. This would not come to fruition, as Ryan O’Reilly would surpass Vlady and become the new Captain of the St. Louis Blues.
All in all, this whole saga is disheartening to the fans. Vladimir Tarasenko has become a staple of the St. Louis Blues, especially to the many new fans that surfaced in the recent team success. I do not remember a time where Tarasenko was not a fixture of the St. Louis Blues, and I am still holding out hope that this does not change.