Rangers add All-Star Vladimir Tarasenko in blockbuster trade with Blues

The New York Rangers made a blockbuster commerce with the St. Louis Blues, including two-time All-Star and Stanley Cup champion Vladimir Tarasenko on Thursday, the group introduced. 

The full commerce is Tarasenko and defenseman Niko Mikkola to the Rangers for a conditional 2023 first-round choose, a conditional 2024 fourth-round choose, Sammy Blais and Rangers prospect Hunter Skinner. 

Tarasenko is on the ultimate yr of his contract with the Blues, who’re beneath .500 this season at 23-25-3 up to now. Needing a winger, the Rangers pounced on the chance so as to add his right-handed persist with their high six. 

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Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues during a first period stoppage of play against the Jets at Canada Life Centre on Jan. 30, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues throughout a primary interval stoppage of play in opposition to the Jets at Canada Life Centre on Jan. 30, 2023, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. (Jonathan Kozub/NHLI through Getty Images)

In order to suit the remainder of his $7.5 million cap hit for this season, the Blues will retain half of Tarasenko’s contract. Mikkola’s $1.9 million cap hit matches on the Rangers’ books after waiving defenseman Libor Hajek. 

Tarasenko is in his eleventh season within the NHL, and the Rangers are solely his second group. St. Louis drafted him sixteenth total within the 2010 NHL Draft, and he’s been a relentless of their lineup ever since. 

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At 23 years outdated in his third season, Tarasenko broke out with 73 factors (37 targets, 36 assists) with a plus-27 ranking in 77 video games to cement his place within the Blues’ high six. 

Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues looks to shoot against the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Enterprise Center on Dec. 27, 2022, in St. Louis, Missouri.

Vladimir Tarasenko of the Blues appears to be like to shoot in opposition to the Toronto Maple Leafs on the Enterprise Center on Dec. 27, 2022, in St. Louis, Missouri. (Joe Puetz/NHLI through Getty Images)

The Russian native can be a key member of the 2019 Stanley Cup-champion Blues, totaling 68 factors within the common season with 33 targets and 35 assists, whereas scoring 11 targets and 6 assists in 26 playoff video games to ultimately defeat the Boston Bruins in seven video games to win the coveted trophy. 

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Tarasenko’s numbers this season are down a bit, although the Blues as a complete have struggled on offense. He has 10 targets and 19 assists over 38 video games, however St. Louis’ objective differential sits at minus-29 after permitting 185 targets to their very own 156. 

With the Rangers, Tarasenko figures to be added to the primary line with Mika Zibanejad and fellow Russian Artemi Panarin. Mikkola will seemingly be a third-line defenseman with Braden Schneider. 

Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues watches during the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Feb. 3, 2023, in Sunrise, Florida.

Vladimir Tarasenko of the St. Louis Blues watches throughout the NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Feb. 3, 2023, in Sunrise, Florida. (Eliot J. Schechter/NHLI through Getty Images)

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New York at the moment sits third within the Metropolitan division with 66 factors from their 29-14-8 report. They have gone 7-2-1 over their final 10 contests, and wish to stay in a playoff spot because the second half begins for them on Friday in opposition to the Seattle Kraken at house. 

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