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Friedman wonders about Tarasenko’s future with Blues

17 MAY 2016:St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko (91) and San Jose Sharks defenseman Brenden Dillon (4) battle for the puck during game two of the Western Conference Final of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scottrade Center. (Photo by Jimmy Simmons/Icon Sportswire)
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Elliotte Friedman was on Calgary’s Sportsnet 960 on Tuesday morning.

As part of a larger discussion on the St. Louis Blues:

“The Tarasenko thing is amazing to me. Here’s a guy who they signed to a huge extension. He’s an $8 million dollar a year player. And very quietly all year, there have been rumblings that they haven’t been satisfied with him. And this playoffs has been proof of that. His ice time was a huge conversation in the Chicago series. It was like Stamkos last year for Tampa. There were nights he was their sixth or seventh most-used forward.

“Last night, for me, that was the kind of game (where) it was up and down, it was entertaining hockey. That’s the kind of game Tarasenko should flourish in, and you didn’t notice him. It took 56 minutes for him to get a shot on goal. He doesn’t have a single point in this series.

“I wonder, when this year is over and St. Louis has to make some choices; I mean, I have no knowledge that this is – this is purely me thinking out loud here – but I’ve got to wonder if there’s going to be any conversation about is he part of their future. I mean, I can’t imagine he wouldn’t. But they’ve gone to the third round now and he has not been a major factor for a lot of it. He was against Chicago. Every time he touched the puck in that series you wondered if he could score.

“But the subplot here is… and like I said, there have been rumors they haven’t been happy with him, and now I look at this and I’m like, ‘Wow.’

“I don’t know what the story is here, but clearly he has not been himself.”

Source: Sportsnet 960/ Transcript: Nichols

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