Tarasenko signs 8-year, $60 million contract

St. Louis Blues

Vladimir Tarasenko.

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) – Vladimir Tarasenko must really love the custard and free admission to the zoo. The Blues forward just inked a deal that’ll keep him in St. Louis for the next eight years, team general manager Doug Armstrong said Tuesday.

The 23-year-old finished last season tied for 10th in overall points (73) and notched a +27 rating. Tarasenko was also the youngest Blues player to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan in the 1991-92 season.

He played in his first all-star game in January and was one of four players to post two hat-tricks this season.

In the postseason, Tarasenko scored six goals in the Blues’ first-round series loss against the Minnesota Wild.

Originally drafted by the Blues in the first round (16th overall) of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft, Tarasenko has accumulated 135 points (66 goals, 69 assists) in 179 career regular season games across three seasons with the club.

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