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Blues want Tarasenko to get in shape

Jun 11, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

Vladimir Tarasenko AP

Apparently Dustin Byfuglien isn’t the only player having his fitness questioned today.

Jeremy Rutherford of the the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the Blues are unhappy with the shape Vladimir Tarasenko is in and they want him to start putting in some work.

“We’ve given him a clear mandate on what we expect when he gets back here, what we’re going to see from him on a conditioning level, the grind that he’s going to have to do,” Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said recently.

Tarasenko dealt with a concussion this past season, one that knocked him out of action for about a month. When he returned, his play wasn’t the same scintillating style it was before his injury and he wound up being a healthy scratch late in the season and in the playoffs.

The Blues say Tarasenko is in an important spot for them, however, and cracking the whip on him to get in shape is part of that urgency. Now if he can just do a few sit-ups and lay off the St. Louis barbecue, they’d be happier.

  1. ibieiniid - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    I tend to avoid prejudices… but who wants to bet that he’ll be in the KHL after his entry level contract ends two seasons from now? I understand the concussion (months ago) factor, but for a 21 year old NHLer to be out of shape already just shows he may follow in the footsteps of some of his countrymen and head back home.

    Longshot? probably. i’ll give you odds on the bet then.

    • ThatGuy - Jun 11, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      For someone that likes to avoid prejudices, you sure did make a prejudicial statement.

      The list of young players in the NHL that have gotten flak for not being in great shape to sustain the grind of an NHL season is extremely long. Off the top of my head in the past couple years Kadri, Evander Kane, Stamko’s, etc.

      Every year you will find a story or 4 about a young player being out of shape. Most of them figure it out and rectify the problem(if it exists in the first place). The ones that don’t play themselves out of the league or never reach their full potential.

      Whether Tarasanko will figure it out or not remains to be seen, but either way, country of origin has nothing to do with it.

    • drone501 - Jun 12, 2013 at 12:39 AM

      hope he takes a train on away games.

      • ibieiniid - Jun 12, 2013 at 8:10 AM

        ouch.

  2. comeonnowguys - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:32 PM

    To answer your summary question:

    Жир Хоккеист.

    • ibieiniid - Jun 11, 2013 at 4:38 PM

      or is it пьяная лодка группы ?

      google is a wonderful thing.

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