Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues Agree on New Contract: Latest Details, Reaction

July 7th, 2015 by Tim Daniels Leave a reply »

The St. Louis Blues and star winger Vladimir Tarasenko reached an agreement Tuesday on an eight-year, $60 million contract extension, the team announced on its official website.  

Tarasenko, 23, is coming off of a monster third season in the NHL that saw him rack up 73 points, including 37 goals, in 77 games. Andy Strickland of Fox Sports Midwest noted further information about the structure of the new deal:

There was some concern heading into the offseason that the dynamic Russian, a restricted free agent, could attract a sizable offer sheet from another organization. His goal-scoring ability would look good on the first line of just about any team in the league.

Blues general manager Doug Armstrong made it clear that everything else was on the back burner until the situation got sorted out, as pointed out by Andrew Allsman of KMOV:

We are not going to be active signing other players until we get him taken care of. We are going to take care of our restricted free agents but he's the primary guy. He knows it; the hockey world knows it. The St. Louis Blues will not be in a spot on July 1 ...

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