St. Louis Blues winger Vladimir Tarasenko recommended he was dedicated to taking part in the season with the crew after he requested to be traded within the offseason.
Tarasenko met with the media on Thursday, the primary day of coaching camp, and was instantly requested concerning the challenge. He vowed to be targeted on the season forward.
“My mindset is sweet. Joyful to be with the blokes. I’ve a superb relationship with the blokes. It’s been a bizarre summer season, however it’s going to remain between us — between me and (Blues normal supervisor Doug Armstrong). I’m right here to work. So long as I play right here, I’ll work 100%. I’m 100% wholesome,” the two-time All-Star stated, in accordance with The Athletic.
“It’s all behind,” he added. “I don’t see the rationale to debate it now. Camp begins, you already know, and I don’t wish to be a distraction within the room. Like I stated, I’m right here to work. I’m wholesome and I’m joyful to play hockey once more.”
Blues coach Crag Berube downplayed the notion that Tarasenko can be a distraction for the crew shifting ahead this season.
“I actually do not imagine it is a distraction in any respect,” Berube continued, in accordance with TSN. “He is been right here for some time, skating with the blokes, being with the blokes, hanging out with the blokes. I assumed he seemed wonderful on the market immediately. He is been half this crew for a very long time. Yeah, issues occur within the summertime or issues are stated. I do not go into all that, I do not fear about that. He is right here taking part in hockey for us, so I coach him. That is it. It is not a distraction in my view.”
“I do not imagine it is a problem in any respect,” he added. “If he wasn’t purchased in, I do not suppose he’d have been right here a month early skating with the blokes and figuring out with the blokes and being round. He is clearly purchased in. He is a part of this crew. He is been a part of this crew his complete profession, NHL profession. I do not see a buy-in downside.”
The Russian star has been with the Blues for the reason that crew chosen him within the first spherical of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. He was a key a part of the crew’s run to the Stanley Cup title in 2019.
Final season, he scored 4 targets in 24 video games after solely taking part in in 9 throughout the 2019-20 season.