Craig Berube is operating under the assumption that disgruntled forward Vladimir Tarasenko will be in the St. Louis Blues' lineup on opening night.

"I expect Vladdy to play for us," the Blues head coach said Tuesday on the "Cam and Strick Podcast." "I'm going to treat him like every other player. Yeah, he asked to be traded, and things happened, but again, we want Vladdy to play good hockey for us."

Berube indicated that nothing would change in terms of Tarasenko's fit with the club.

"He's going to have a role on the team like he always has," the bench boss said. "We'll deal with it internally and we'll go from there."