Rehabbing from surgery can be a long, strenuous and painful process. Vladimir Tarasenko might have found the lighter side of the process, however. The Russian forward required surgery to repair a damaged hand, and he was recently spotted out on the ice with a stick in hand.
There might be more to bouncing back from a hand injury than simply handling a stick and working on getting the release back up to speed. At least that’s the indication Tarasenko gave to Lou Korac, NHL.com’s St. Louis Blues correspondent.
Tarasenko joking that playing Playstation has helped his rehab: “It’s more important than playing piano. … Part of rehab.” #stlblues
— Lou Korac (@lkorac10) April 15, 2014
While this may or may not be true, it’s good to see that the talented forward has remained in good spirits throughout the process. This is the second consecutive season Tarasenko has had to deal with a tough injury. He missed a handful of games last season with a concussion and never reached the same level of play after returning.
A healthy Tarasenko would go a long way towards helping the Blues gear up for a Chicago Blackhawks team that will be getting both Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews back just in time for Game One. St. Louis has the horses to run for a game or two, but Chicago’s depth could eventually dominate the series as it stretches on.
There’s no timeline for Tarasenko’s return, but it seems clear that he’s getting closer and closer to lacing up the skates for the Blues once again.