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Vladimir Tarasenko’s trade value is decreasing and he will be moved soon by the Blues

The big trade that we’ve all been waiting for – that of Vladimir Tarasenko – has not happened yet. His contract being on the books makes it difficult for Doug Armstrong to make a giant splash until it’s moved.

Tarasenko, 29, has two-years left on his current contract, which comes with a $7.5 million salary cap hit – he is due $9.5 million in salary this season and $5.5 million in 2022-23.

The Blues have been trying to accommodate Tarasenko’s trade request and have been in talks with multiple teams including the New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Vegas Golden Knights. Other teams were involved in talks earlier in the month, but clubs like the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins are not believed to still be in the mix.

It is unclear, at this point, if the Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes and New Jersey Devils are still having trade negotiations with the Blues about Tarasenko, though one league sources suggested the Devils could circle back.

The Tampa Bay Lightning and Washington Capitals are on Tarasenko’s preferred trade list, but a move with either club is unlikely.

Teams have requested Blues GM Doug Armstrong to retain a portion of Tarasenko’s contract to help facilitate a trade, but so far the asking price to do so remains high.

Trade talks are expected to continue throughout the rest of the week with the end goal for both Tarasenko and the Blues being a trade. However, the longer it takes the more likely the return for the Blues will diminish.

Igor Burdetskiy

Igor Burdetskiy

Founder, Editor-in-Chief, & CEO at Hooked on Hockey Magazine
I grew up playing Ball and Roller Hockey day and night somewhat religiously throughout elementary and middle school. The two don't compare though when I lace up the skates and hit the ice. I live and breathe hockey beyond the perspective of "it's just a game" and I will gladly talk hockey for hours with anyone. Hockey is more than just a lifestyle, it's a culture of passionate people who make memories every time the puck is dropped. Hockey has not only helped me get through some of the hardest times in life but has created some of the best memories to date. Want to talk hockey with me? Shoot me an email: iburdetskiy@hookedonhockey.com and let's talk some hockey!
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