St. Louis Blues: Why Vladimir Tarasenko May Stay in the KHL After Lockout Ends

October 5th, 2012 by Jacob Born Leave a reply »
The lockout is approaching three weeks now, and we are just under a week away from what was going to be the start of the regular season. The two sides have yet to make any real movement in getting a deal done, and for fans, it looks like the lockout will be lasting a while.

For St. Louis Blues fans, this could mean no Vladimir Tarasenko.

The Blues drafted Tarasenko with the 16th overall pick in the 2010 draft. The coveted Blues prospect has spent his past two years playing in the KHL, while the Blues have been trying to get him to jump ship to the NHL. After these two years of waiting, the Blues got Tarasenko to sign a three-year, entry-level contract.

Tarasenko was brought to St. Louis and was practicing with the team. Then, the NHL locked out. 

At first, it seemed as if Tarasenko was not going back to Russia, as he and SKA ST. Petersburg could not reach an agreement. But, the two hashed out an agreement, and Tarasenko was on the next flight to Russia. 

It would make sense for Tarasenko to go back to Russia, because that is where he has been the past four years of his career and where he has seen success. It is where ...

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