It’s been rather quiet on the Vladimir Tarasenko trade front — too quiet, a league source who is close to the situation told The Athletic on Wednesday.
The source said emphatically that Tarasenko should have been traded by now and that the Blues are only further diminishing his value by hanging on to him this long.
“The trajectory doesn’t get any better,” the source said. “They shit on this guy … to their own detriment. It’s time to move him. The train has left the station.”
On the opening day of free agency Wednesday, Tarasenko and his $7.5 million salary-cap hit remained on the roster. General manager Doug Armstrong acknowledged last week that it would have an effect on the Blues’ spending, and while they did heavily pursue one of their own unrestricted free agents in Mike Hoffman, there were no signings late into the night.
So why hasn’t Tarasenko been traded?
The source said Armstrong has miscalculated the situation, asking for “too much” in return. There were once four teams interested in Tarasenko, and there are still at least two, but the options are dwindling after Wednesday’s signings around the league.
New Jersey and Carolina are two of the clubs that make the most sense.