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January 13, 2021 11:52 AM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Lands on LTIR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Blues placed Tarasenko (shoulder) on long-term injured reserve Wednesday.

Tarasenko isn't going to be re-evaluated until mid-February, so his placement on long-term injured reserve won't prevent a potential return for the 29-year-old sniper. If and when he's able to return, Tarasenko figures to bounce either David Perron of Mike Hoffman from the Blues' top six. If he's ready to go in February, Tarasenko will be worth a late-round pick in most formats, but at this point there's no guaranteeing the oft-injured Russian will be available for a significant portion of the 2020-21 campaign.

January 3, 2021 08:16 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Will be re-evaluated in February
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (shoulder) won't be ready to start the season and will be re-evaluated in February, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Tarasenko underwent his third surgery in 28 months back in August. While the Blues will be cautious with his return to the lineup, they're optimistic that he'll be ready to go at some point in February. Tarasenko is difficult to replace, having posted at least 33 goals in five straight seasons before playing just 10 games last year. The Blues nevertheless hope to fill the void by signing sniper Mike Hoffman.

September 17, 2020 01:08 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: On the road to recovery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

According to general manager Doug Armstrong, Tarasenko's shoulder surgery went well and he's already on the road to recovery.

Tarasenko's most recent procedure was the third he's undergone on the same shoulder in the past three years, so it's safe to assume the Blues will be especially cautious with his recovery this time around. The 28-year-old winger won't be reevaluated until late-January, so he'll almost certainly miss the start of the 2020-21 campaign, which will have to factor into how fantasy players value him heading into next year's drafts. Still, he's just one season removed from a 33-goal, 68-point showing, so he could be worth the risk for virtual managers willing to plop him into their IR slots for the first chunk of the campaign.

August 27, 2020 05:00 AM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Headed for another shoulder surgery
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko will undergo a third surgery on his shoulder and will be re-evaluated in five months.

Based on the Blues' timeline, Tarasenko won't be reassessed until late January, which means he likely won't be close to returning until at least February. While the 2020-21 season is set for a delayed start, the Russian winger will almost certainly miss a significant chunk of time. The 27-year-old winger was limited to a mere 10 regular-season contests due to his shoulder problem, though he registered a point per game in those outings. After logging four playoff appearances, he once again found himself on the shelf. Once the new league year begins, Tarasenko will start the campaign on long-term injured reserve in order to give the Blues some cap space.

August 18, 2020 12:48 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Returning to St. Louis
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko will return to St. Louis to meet with team doctors regarding his surgically-repaired shoulder.

Tarasenko has missed the Blues' last two games with an undisclosed issue, but it's now clear that his absence was related to his surgically-repaired shoulder. Perhaps the 28-year-old winger returned too soon after undergoing shoulder surgery in late October, particularly because it was his second shoulder procedure in just three years. Tarasenko simply hasn't looked like himself during these playoffs, and he'll now miss the remainder of St. Louis' first-round series with Vancouver at a minimum, as he'll have to self-quarantine for at least four days if and when he's able to re-enter the bubble. Tyler Bozak and Oskar Sundqvist will continue to see additional ice time with Tarasenko no longer in the picture.

August 17, 2020 10:16 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Out again Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (undisclosed) will not suit up for Game 4 against Vancouver on Sunday, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Tarasenko will miss both legs of the back-to-back as the Blues look to even up the series at 2-2 on Monday. The 28-year-old winger will be questionable for Wednesday's Game 5 tilt.

August 17, 2020 04:08 AM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Won't play Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (undisclosed) was not on the ice for pregame warmups and is expected to miss Sunday's Game 3 against the Canucks, Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet reports.

It's unclear why Tarasenko won't suit up Monday, but it's obviously a huge blow to the Blues, who are already facing a 2-0 series deficit. For now, he'll be considered questionable for Game 4 on Monday.

August 9, 2020 07:36 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Gathers assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (undisclosed) notched an assist and four shots in Sunday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Stars in the round robin.

Tarasenko supplied a helper on Robert Thomas' first-period tally. The 28-year-old Tarasenko was held out of Thursday's game against Vegas, likely as a precaution. He missed most of the regular season after a left shoulder injury required surgery, but it appears the high-scoring winger is ready to go as a top-line option in the playoffs.

August 8, 2020 05:24 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Good to go for Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

As expected, Tarasenko (undisclosed) will return to the lineup for Sunday's round-robin finale against the Stars.

Tarsenko was held out of Thursday's loss to Vegas as a precaution, but he'll return to his spot on St. Louis' top line for Sunday's contest. The 28-year-old sniper went scoreless while firing two shots on goal in 14:10 of ice time during the Blues' first round-robin contest against the Avalanche.

August 6, 2020 05:52 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Won't play Thursday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (undisclosed) won't play in Thursday's round-robin match against Vegas, Alex Ferrario of 101 ESPN reports.

Coach Craig Berube fully expects Tarasenko to return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Stars, so holding him out against the Golden Knights is likely more about load management than an injury. With Tarasenko sitting, Jordan Kyrou will enter the lineup and skate on the Blues' top line against Vegas.

July 14, 2020 05:32 AM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Cleared to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (shoulder) has officially been activated from injured reserve, the Blues announced Monday.

Tarasenko has been back on the ice in recent weeks and skating without restriction. He has not played since injuring his shoulder back on Oct. 24. Tarasenko was close to returning before play was suspended in mid-March, so he should be close to 100 percent at this point.

June 15, 2020 10:56 AM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Cleared to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (shoulder) will be available for the playoffs, according to head coach Craig Berube, who told reporters, "He did a great job with his rehab, along with the training staff, and he kept himself in great shape. He actually came back in better shape than he came to camp (in September). He's been on the ice and doing things right now, so he's ready to go," Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Tarasenko's original timeline had him potentially healthy for the postseason in April prior to the league shutdown. The 27-year-old notched 10 points in 10 games before suffering his shoulder injury. As a result, the Russian posted his lowest single-season point total of his career and missed the 65-point mark for the first time since 2013-14. The winger should retake his spot on the first line and No. 1 power-play unit, which makes him an intriguing option for playoff pools.

April 10, 2020 06:32 AM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Will be ready if season resumes
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (shoulder) will be ready to play if/when the NHL resumes its season,'s Dan Rosen reports.

Head coach Craig Berube believes Tarasenko likely would have been ready to return shortly after the NHL officially halted play, so the 28-year-old winger shouldn't have any medical limitations if/when the league is able to resume its season. If that ends up happening, Tarasenko's return to the lineup will represent a huge boost for a Blues team that currently holds the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference. The Russian sniper notched three goals and 10 points through the first 10 games of the season before undergoing shoulder surgery in late October.

March 12, 2020 10:40 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Likely out through weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (shoulder) is expected to remain sidelined through at least the weekend, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Barring a quick turnaround, Tarasenko has at least three more absences heading his way. There is no indication of when exactly the star winger is targeting a return to action, but his progression to full contact in practice last week suggests it shouldn't be too far away.

March 3, 2020 02:24 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Will travel with team, won't play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Head coach Craig Berube said Tarasenko (shoulder) will travel on the team's three-game road trip and will start taking contact soon, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports. "We're going to get some physicality on him next week and hopefully he feels good through that," Berube said.

The team isn't going to rush Tarasenko back into the lineup, but it wants him to continue practicing. He's been working in a no-contact capacity, and with contact coming soon, Berube relayed that the team will sit down with Tarasenko and the medical staff when it returns from the road trip March 9 to decide on a timeline for the sniper to return. It would be beneficial for Tarasenko to get five or six regular-season games under his belt before the playoffs. The Blues have fared well enough without Tarasenko in the fold, but his return will be a major boost after five straight seasons of 30-plus goals and 33 tallies over 70 career playoff games.

February 19, 2020 12:28 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Positive injury news
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Doug Armstrong believes Tarasenko (shoulder) will return before the end of the regular season, Jeremy Rutherford of The Athletic reports.

Armstrong even hinted that Tarasenko could beat the initial five-month timeline and return in early or mid-March, according to Lou Korac of, although the former is certainly aggressive because this was Tarasenko's second shoulder surgery in three years. Another sign pointing toward Tarasenko's return before the playoffs is that Armstrong is only looking for "hockey trades" leading up to the Feb. 24 deadline, meaning he expects the sniper's $7.5 million cap hit to be on the books by the end of the season. Barring a setback, Tarasenko could be available for the fantasy playoff period, and he may be worth a stash for managers in the hunt.

January 30, 2020 07:16 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Timeline to return remains hazy
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

General manager Doug Armstrong said Tarasenko's (shoulder) timeline to return could be closer to six months, which would have him back in late April, Kevin Woodley of reports.

Tarasenko underwent his second shoulder surgery in three years back in October, and the initial timeline would have him returning in late March if everything went as planned. While the Russian sniper has been skating for over a week now, that reveals little about his shoulder's progress, and Armstrong is holding back optimism at this time. The Blues plan to re-evaluate him a couple weeks ahead of the Feb. 24 trade deadline to decide if they'll utilize their cap savings from placing Tarasenko on long-term IR to acquire a top-six forward. If the team opts to bring in such a player, we can effectively rule out Tarasenko for the rest of the regular season.

January 21, 2020 03:20 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Starts skating again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko (shoulder) began skating again Sunday, reports.

Tarasenko is recovering from the second shoulder surgery of his career, and he still resides on long-term IR with hopes to return toward the end of March. Keep in mind that if the Blues leave him on LTIR for the rest of the regular season, it will free up $7.5 million of cap space that they can use at the trade deadline to add to their forward corps for another Stanley Cup run. If the team makes such a trade, it will likely rule the perennial 30-goal scorer out for the rest of the regular season.

October 29, 2019 02:48 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Surfaces on IR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.

Tarasenko underwent shoulder surgery Tuesday and is facing a five-month recovery timetable, so this move was expected. Unfortunately for his owners, in a best case scenario, the Russian sniper will be ready to return just before the playoffs get underway, so there's no reason to hold on to him in redraft leagues. If the Blues aren't in contention for a playoff spot if and when Tarasenko is cleared to return, he'll almost certainly just get shutdown for the remainder of the campaign. If that comes to fruition, the 27-year-old winger will finish the 2019-20 season having totaled three goals and 10 points in 10 appearances.

October 29, 2019 04:36 PM
Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko: Faces five-month absence
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his left shoulder and miss at least five months.

Tarasenko has a history of shoulder issues, as he also underwent surgery following the 2017-18 season and played through an injury during the Blues' Stanley Cup run. It's unclear if the injury he sustained during last Thursday's win over the Kings is related, but it'll be a major blow to the Blues either way. Tarasenko started the Cup defense hot with three goals and 10 points over the first 10 games. His prolonged absence will keep him from extending his current streak of five seasons with 30-plus goals. Tarasenko has a chance to return in March if his recovery follows course. He's a candidate for long-term injured reserve to save the Blues cap space.

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