Seattle Kraken is likely to select Vladimir Tarasenko and then use him as trade bait

RIGA, LATVIA - JUNE 03: Vladimir Tarasenko #91 of Russia reacts during the 2021 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Quarter Final game between Russia and Canada at Olympic Sports Centre on June 3, 2021 in Riga, Latvia. (Photo by EyesWideOpen/Getty Images)
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With the St. Louis Blues leaving Vladimir Tarasenko unprotected on their expansion list, it’s a pretty safe bet the star winger’s next team will be the Seattle Kraken. According to St. Louis Blues reporter Andy Strickland though, the Kraken may not be his final team in his career. The Kraken are likely to select Tarasenko only to trade him for assets later.

About a week before the Blues leaving Tarasenko exposed, it was reported that the Russian-born winger had requested a trade from the club. Tarasenko is a proven scorer that would likely command a large return in any trade the Blues might pull off. The club leaving Tarasenko exposed was a peculiar move because they will now get no return for him.

TSN’s Frank Seravalli reported that at least four teams were interested in a deal at a full cap hit. This further questions why a trade didn’t get done. Seravalli went on to say Tarasenko’s relationship with the Blues is “irretrievably broken.”

Injury history

Despite being a proven goalscorer in the league, Tarasenko also has an injury history.

The 29-year old has played in only 34 games over the past two seasons combined and is coming off of two shoulder surgeries. Despite this, Tarasenko is still an intriguing player. He notched a minimum of 33 goals each season from the 2014 season to the 2018 season. In his last healthy season, in 2018-19, he posted 33 goals and 68 points.

Should Tarasenko return to his former self next season, the Kraken could most definitely receive a large haul in return for him next season.

Tarasenko isn’t the only player the Kraken are likely to select and then trade next season. Mark Giordano is another NHL veteran that could command a large return should the Seattle Kraken take him and then trade him next season.

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