Vladimir Tarasenko has been a fixture with the St. Louis Blues and the city of St. Louis for over a decade now. But as the All-Star weekend inches closer, and with each passing game, Tarasenko finds himself midway through the final year of an eight-year, $60-million pact signed back in 2015.
He’s posted 10 goals and 29 points through 38 games so far in 2022-23.
The past two seasons have seen him exit multiple times, most recently coming via the 2021 Expansion Draft, when the Blues left Tarasenko available to be selected, only to see the Kraken pass and end up drafting former Blue Vince Dunn instead.
Speaking with longtime Blues beat writer Jeremy Rutherford amid the All-Star festivities Thursday, Tarasenko said he has considered that this weekend’s All-Star Game could be his last go-round in a Blues sweater, that a trade is possible.
“Yes, obviously yes, because even Vladi don’t know the future of Vladi,” Tarasenko told Rutherford. “There is only one guy who knows more than me, and his name is [Blues GM] Doug Armstrong. I think that’s the guy who you should talk about my future (with) the Blues.”
Tarasenko also told Rutherford there have been no recent discussions with Armstrong regarding a new contract.