Think back to a time when the Blues had a superstar forward. It's ok if you were a toddler when Brett Hull was around. It's ok if you were too little to really appreciate Pavol Demitra. It's fine, because your generation has Vladimir Tarasenko to call your own.
The Blues signed Tarasenko today to a long-term contract, for eight years and a $60 million value. It's bumping the Blues right up against the cap again this season, but that's perfectly ok, because Tarasenko is more than worth it.
DONE DEAL! Vladimir Tarasenko has signed an eight-year, $60 million deal. >>> http://t.co/n8FNl3QgHs #stlblues pic.twitter.com/tQg8xBzL1p— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) July 7, 2015
The contract's an interesting one. Check out the dip:
#stlblues Sign Tarasenko to 8 yr deal....breakdown as follows $8, $8, $7, $7, $9.5, $5.5, $9.5 $5— Andy Strickland (@andystrickland) July 7, 2015
What that takes into consideration is anyone's guess. What the contract in general takes into consideration are this year's numbers: 37 goals, 36 assists in 77 games played. Six playoff goals, including a hat trick. A hundred and thirty five points in 179 games played. And this:
Tarasenko second in Goals/60 and third in Points/60 among 121 forwards with at least 1000 5-on-5 minutes last season. http://t.co/grejNExE5h— Scott Cullen (@tsnscottcullen) July 7, 2015
The Blues may need to get a little creative with the cap in the future, if it doesn't rise much next season, considering Jaden Schwartz is due for a bit of a pay bump himself.
Blues' cap situation after Tara$enko: http://t.co/ohxMlDvi5Z 12/6/2 with $2.5M to spare.— WAR On Ice (@war_on_ice) July 7, 2015
Tarasenko, like Pietrangelo before him, deserves this contract. Unlike the deal with Petro, this was done quickly and Tarasenko won't be missing any time in camp. Whether the Blues need to make any tweaks to balance out cap space is, right now, of secondary concern to fans. Enjoy this, and buy a Tarasenko jersey if you haven't already. It won't be outdated any time soon.