Vladimir Tarasenko could remain with the St. Louis Blues despite the forward's request to be traded, general manager Doug Armstrong said Thursday.
"Oh no, I see there's certainly an outlook where I envision him putting on the jersey again," Armstrong. "There's many players in the NHL that have requested trades. You always try and keep it below the surface. But our responsibility is to do what's best for the St. Louis Blues, and if it means that he comes back and plays for us, that's the outlook that it has, but my responsibility is to the franchise and to do what's best for the Blues and hopefully best for 'Vladi.'"
Armstrong confirmed Tarasenko's request for a trade came through his agent, Paul Theofanous, on May 25, two days after the Blues were swept by the Colorado Avalanche in the best-of-7 Stanley Cup First Round.
Tarasenko played 34 regular-season games the past two seasons, limited by a dislocated left shoulder that has required three surgeries since the end of the 2017-18 season. He played 24 games this season and scored 14 points (four goals, 10 assists), and scored two goals in the playoffs.
There have been reports of the reasons the 29-year-old requested a trade, one of which was Tarasenko allegedly had issues with the way his first two shoulder surgeries were performed by the Blues medical staff. Armstrong refuted those reports.