Report: Vladimir Tarasenko has asked for a trade from St. Louis Blues

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Apr 28, 2021; Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA; St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) looks on against the Minnesota Wild in the first period at Xcel Energy Center. Mandatory Credit: David Berding-USA TODAY Sports

St. Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko has asked for a trade, per Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic. There were rumors that he was being shopped, but this is still a stunning turn of events.

Vladimir Tarasenko has requested a trade

According to the report, the reason for Tarasenko’s request stems from the handling of his shoulder injuries and subsequent surgeries. He has a 10 team trade list, but could be open to other possibilities to facilitate a move.

The rumors started on June 29th that the Blues were shopping the gifted winger. Turns out, that’s because of this trade demand.

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Aug 14, 2020; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko (91) skates during warmup against the Vancouver Canucks in game two of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place. Mandatory Credit: Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

The 29 year-old is one of the game’s better offensive players. He scored a career high 40 goals back in 2015-16 and has 442 points in his nine seasons. He also comes with a lot of risk due to his shoulder issues. That history is something teams will not take lightly, but goal starved teams will most certainly be giving the Blues a call.

Tarasenko has two year left on a deal with a $7.5 million AAV. Some teams that could see him as a fit, if they can make the money work, are the offensively challenged Islanders and power play inept Golden Knights. It’s been recently reported that Vegas wants to address that deficiency, and Tarasenko fits the bill.