Vladimir Tarasenko will be a key part of the St. Louis Blues this season, and there are "no hard feelings" after the forward requested a trade, Blues captain Ryan O'Reilly said.
"We're saddling up to win games and he's as much a part of it as anyone," O'Reilly said at the NHL/NHLPA Player Media Tour on Friday.
"We've had a brief talk, 'Vladi' and I. He's here and I think he wants to be here. Yeah, that happened, the trade request happened, and it is what it is. I think we're a better team with him here and we have such good depth. But there's no hard feelings."
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said July 22 that Tarasenko's agent, Paul Theofanus, made the trade request May 25 and that it was possible the forward would remain with St. Louis.
Blues coach Craig Berube told "The Cam & Strick Podcast" on Sept. 7 that he expects Tarasenko to play with St. Louis this season.
"I'm going to treat him like every other player," Berube said. "And yeah, he asked to be traded, and things happen, but again, you know, we want Vladi to play good hockey for us. … He's going to have a role on the team like he always has, we'll deal with it internally and we'll go from there."
Tarasenko scored 14 points (four goals, 10 assists) in 24 regular-season games and two goals in four Stanley Cup Playoff games last season.