Vladimir Tarasenko (F) has made a decision on where to play this upcoming season, and it was the one least expected.
According to RussianProspects.com and Tarasenko himself, he’s staying with Sibir Novosibirsk for the 2011-2012 season.
Tarasenko will be joined by fellow Blues prospect Jori Lehtera (F) next season as Lehtera has already signed a contract with Sibir. They both will be playing with a former Blues prospect in Alexander Hellstrom (D) and former player, Ville Nieminen (F).
Now if I’m the Blues, I don’t panic, yet. Let Tarasenko dominant in Russia this season. Hopefully his ice time will rise from his average of fourteen minutes last season. They must let the Russian power forward develop another season in the KHL this year then try and focus on getting him over at the end of his contract next season.
If they then cannot sign Tarasenko to an ELC after the end of this upcoming season, then it would be time to worry. At this time, another season will not hurt him but if he bypassing after being a free agent from his contract Russia, then you worry about his willingness to come over.
According to the St. Louis Post Dispatch, Blues concussed forward, David Perron is ‘feeling better’ but is yet to start of any off-season workouts.
Perron missed all but the first ten games of the season after a vicious blindside hit by San Jose Shark’s forward Joe Thornton. His presence was sorely missed by the Blues as their lack of offensive buried them late in the season and accordingly, they missed the postseason yet again.
If Perron isn’t ready by next season, and now with the news that Tarasenko will stay in Russia for another season, the Blues have to find an body that can play top nine-to-top six minutes. With their lack of an owner, that could be very, very difficult for them as they are potentially going into next season with the roster they had at the end of the year.
Maybe a deal that could send Carlo Colaiacovo to another team for a forward could be possible for the club?
What are your thoughts?
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