Blues Ink Tarasenko
The St. Louis Blues locked up what they hope to be their future star. They signed Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight year 60 million dollar extension on Tuesday.
Eight years shows a lot of faith in the youngster. It is an extremely long deal, but Tarasenko is just 23 years old and hopefully should have his best years ahead of him. Even at this age he is emerging as one of the best players in the NHL. Tarasenko had 37 goals which tied him for fifth in the NHL. Overall he had 73 points and established himself as one of the best young forwards in the game. For the Blues this deal was really a no brainer.
St. Louis went 51-24-7 last season which was good enough to win their division. They fell short of their goal in the playoffs but have plenty of hope for the future with Vladimir as their main catalyst. He led the Blues in points and goals last season and was near the top in assists. His game is sure to keep growing and he could potentially be the best player in the league in 2-3 years. The Blues took the first step at becoming a title contender. It was critical to keep a talent like Tarasenko in store. Now they must continue to build around him. We will see what the future has in store for the Blues and for Tarasenko, but as for now, step one is complete.
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