St. Louis Blues President of Hockey Operations and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today the club has signed forward Vladimir Tarasenko to an eight-year contract worth $60 million.
Tarasenko, 23, had a breakout season in 2014-15, sharing 10th in the NHL overall with 73 points, fifth with 37 goals and seventh with a +27 rating. He became the youngest Blue to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan (1991-92) and the first Blue overall to log 73 total points sincePavol Demitra in 2002-03.
The 6-foot, 223-pound forward made his first career NHL All-Star Game appearance in January in Columbus while he was named the League’s Second Star for the month of November.
Tarasenko was one of four players to post two hat-tricks this season, while he was the only player to record six game-winning goals, six shootout goals and two overtime goals.
In addition, he became just the second Blue in club history (Brett Hull) to score a hat-trick that included a game-winning overtime goal (Oct. 28 vs. Dallas).
For his efforts, Tarasenko was named a 2014-15 Second-Team All-Star – his first career NHL regular season All-Star selection.
In the 2015 postseason, Tarasenko tied for the overall League lead in goals (six) and shared third in overall points (seven) through the first round. In Game 2 against Minnesota, he became the first Blue to record a postseason hat-trick since 2004.
Originally drafted by the Blues in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Tarasenko has accumulated 135 points (66 goals, 69 assists) in 179 career regular season games across three seasons with the club.
In his postseason career, he has collected 10 goals and 11 points overall in 13 appearances.
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