Vladimir Tarasenko will take his talents to the Ottawa Senators on a one-year contract worth $5 million annually. Tarasenko, who was drafted 16th overall in the 2010 draft, spent all but 31 games with the St. Louis Blues in his 11-year NHL career.
Tarasenko was traded to the New York Rangers alongside Niko Mikkola for a 2023 first-round pick, a 2024 third-round pick, Samuel Blais, and Hunter Skinner. This was one of many moves that the St. Louis Blues would make before the 2023 NHL Trade Deadline.
Tarasenko, who is one season removed from his career-high 82-point season, is looking to cash in on one final contract before he retires. While it was originally reported by multiple insiders that Vladimir Tarasenko was going to Carolina on a one-year deal, that wasn’t the case. The Ottawa Senators would stay strong in their pursuit to acquire a talented and experienced winger.
After the Senators would have to trade Alex DeBrincat, they would need to acquire a forward to fill the gap that DeBrincat left. In Senators general manager Pierre Dorion’s hunt to make the Ottawa Senators more competitive, Tarasenko might be the missing piece that the Senators needed.