It looked like Vladimir Tarasenko was on his way to leave the St. Louis Blues for a while. According to reports, he handed in a trade request last summer but stayed with the Blues and then did his best season for years. He led the team in goals with 34 and points with 82.
Tarasenko snapped back at reporters asking him about his future during the summer, as he’s now in the final year of his contract with the Blues. Next summer, he becomes an unrestricted free agent. And it sure looks like he’s playing for a hefty contract already.
As the Blues won their season opener against the Columbus Blue Jackets, Tarasenko scored two goals.
And ahead of last night’s game against the Seattle Kraken, former teammate Jaden Schwartz had a hilarious request to Tarasenko.
Jaden Schwartz played with the Blues for ten years, so he should know what a crazy shot Tarasenko possesses. Schwartz was mic’d up during the game, and ahead of the opening face-off, he leaned over to Tarasenko and said:
”Be a passer tonight, eh?”
Some took Schwartz’s request as a roast of his own goalie, but of course, it was just a joke to a former teammate. What’s most funny? Tarasenko listened.
He scored no goals as the Blues won 4-3, but he had three assists. So Jaden Schwartz actually got what he asked for. Tarasenko was a passer.