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St. Louis Blues: Front Runners for the “C”

With the loss of former captain David Backes to the Boston Bruins in free agency, the St. Louis Blues are on the hunt for the next designated leader in their locker room. While they have a wide variety of options, there are a few standouts when it comes to likelihood of having the “C” on the front of their jersey for the upcoming season. Vladimir Tarasenko As the most skilled...
Via The Hockey Writers
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Video: Tarasenko’s adorable acceptance speech after winning the cover of NHL 17

Once upon a time, Vladimir Tarasenko didn’t like talking to the media because his English wasn’t as strong as he had hoped. Skip ahead to the 2016 NHL Awards and Tarasenko delivered an adorable acceptance speech after finding out he would grace the cover of NHL 17. From thanking the Blues organization to congratulating the Penguins on their Stanley Cup win, Tarasenko’s speech...
Via Frozen Notes
June 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Tarasenko’s comments prove the media made a lot out of nothing

Vladimir Tarasenko wasn’t great against the San Jose Sharks. Following the team’s loss, Tarasenko elected to avoid speaking to the media. On cue, the media pounced and tried to speculate about serious issues between Tarasenko and the Blues. The narrative seemed a bit nonsensical and was an extreme take on a player who was by far the best skater on the roster all season long...
Via Frozen Notes
May 31, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Ken Hitchcock to return as head coach of the Blues

Ken Hitchcock will be back behind the St. Louis Blues bench next season, as he’ll sign a one-year contract in a move which could be announced as soon as tomorrow, reports Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Hitchcock will be back with #stlblues on one-year contract for 2016-17 season, according to league sources. Announcement could come tomorrow — Jeremy Rutherford...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 30, 2016  |  Discuss

Blaming Vladimir Tarasenko for St. Louis Blues’ loss is looking for easy scapegoat

What are the three favorite things among hockey writers and media types? • Free food, preferably buffet, preferably with a dessert cart. • Telling anyone and everyone about their hotel and airline points. • Blaming a postseason series loss on one player. The first two are harmless enough, although nobody — and I mean NOBODY — cares about your status with Marriott. Oh...
Via The Comeback
May 26, 2016  |  Discuss

Something has to be wrong with Vladimir Tarasenko, right?

Missing: Vladimir Tarasenko. If found, please put on a plane headed for San Jose in time for Wednesday’s Game 6 matchup between the Blues and Sharks. Before going any further in this article, it’s important to make one point very clear. Tarasenko isn’t the only reason the Blues are on the brink of elimination. It takes a team effort to win and a team effort to lose. Game 5...
Via Frozen Notes
May 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock on Tarasenko: 'He’s learning hard lessons'

Ken Hitchcock will not stop speaking. The St. Louis Blues coach has been more than open to the media during the NHL playoffs. He’s been public about his relationship with Vladimir Tarasenko, who clearly hasn’t been enthralled with his coach’s deployment. Hitchcock said he loves the beef, but in reality, it’s not the healthiest thing to have your best player actively be...
Via Puck Drunk Love
May 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Ken Hitchcock on Tarasenko’s ice time beef: 'I love it'

Vladimir Tarasenko was not a happy camper following Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock’s inexplicable decision to play him less than 17 minutes in St. Louis’ Game 6 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks. Hitchcock is apparently good with his star scorer’s anger, telling Craig Custance of ESPN.com he’s a big fan of Tarasenko’s rage. “That’s what happens when you’ve got a guy...
Via Puck Drunk Love
April 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Evaluating Tarasenko’s eight-year, $60M contract

By Liam McGuire  Good news for St. Louis Blues fans, the club has locked up dynamic forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year $60 million contract. General manager Doug Armstrong said it’s a great day for the Blues. “It’s a great day in Blues history to get a player of Vladi’s caliber locked into the organization through the prime of his career,” Armstrong said...
Via Puck Drunk Love
July 07, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Vladimir Tarasenko scores pretty goal

The Blues woke up in a big way in Game 4 and Vladimir Tarasenko was a major factor in the team’s offense. Tarasenko scored earlier on a deflection, but his second goal of the night was a thing of beauty and was pretty similar to his insane effort against the Rangers earlier in the year. GIF: another look at Tarasenko's 2nd goal pic.twitter.com/0qHPQa0WgS — Stephanie Vail (@myregularface...
Via Frozen Notes
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

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