The St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers have supposedly traded forward Vladimir Tarasenko, according to NHL source Frank Seravalli.
Tarasenko, 31, is in the last year of his contract, which pays him $7.5 million per year. He has participated in 38 games this season, tallying 10 goals and 29 points. This summer, he will be an unrestricted free agent.
He will likely provide offensive punch to the Rangers’ lineup, but at what cost? We’ll have to wait for official confirmation since we don’t know what the return on this transaction will be. We will update this item as soon as the final agreement is made public.
However, it should be noted that Tarasenko has been waiting for this agreement for quite some time. After a disagreement with the organisation over how to manage a recurrent shoulder ailment, he may have requested a trade from GM Doug Armstrong as early as 2020.
Tarasenko, according to insiders at the time, was dissatisfied with how the corporation handled his shoulder surgery and was looking for a fresh start elsewhere.
He has remained with the Blues ever since, and had a career season in 2021-2022. Even Nonetheless, Tarasenko has been the subject of trade rumours for months, if not years, and if Seravalli’s tale is genuine, he will finally get the fresh start he has been seeking.
We’ll have to wait to find out what the Rangers are asking, but they’ve been extensively connected to Tarasenko trade rumours all summer.
Although Patrick Kane and Timo Meier have been discussed in connection with them, it is reasonable to assume that the deal reached today excludes them from consideration for any other high-profile players.
The Rangers have just $1.5 million in cap space left as of the March 3rd trade deadline, presuming the Blues did not retain any money on Tarasenko in this deal. Again, we’ll have to wait for all of the details, but it seems like the Rangers have just made their biggest move of the season.