Ninety-one subliminally looms in The Lou.
As if to tease the Blues and Blues fans, Vladimir Tarasenko’s No. 91 pops up in this summer, be it as the temperature, the number of the Olive Metro bus route, new Cardinal Nolan Arenado’s birth year or, well, on 9/1, when the calendar flips to the month that signifies Blues camp starting.
Will No. 91 be on the ice?
Most people can’t believe he will be. How could he be? So much has happened, right? The accusations. The frustrations. The finger-pointing. (And who knows which finger!)
Even though the longtime Blues forward — heck, the legendary Blues forward (he’s fifth in goals scored) — has requested a trade, that doesn’t mean it’ll happen before camp. It might. It could. The Hurricanes? The Islanders? The Devils? The devil is in the details, though, as to which team makes the trade.
Or, more specifically, which team St. Louis trades him to.
It’s all about value. Vladimir’s value. The value of a haul. Weighing risk and reward.