Former St. Louis Blues Star Vladimir Tarasenko should re-sign with the Florida Panthers

Vladimir Tarasenko, a top-five goal-scorer leader in St. Louis Blues franchise history, is becoming a free-agent.
2024 Stanley Cup Final - Game Seven
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Former St. Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko has not found a permanent home since leaving St. Louis in a trade with the New York Rangers.

To start the 2023-24 season, Tarasenko suited up with the Ottawa Senators as an incoming free-agent acquisition on a one-year deal. He was traded to the Florida Panthers at the deadline, where he earned his second Cup.

Tarasenko was a strategic pickup for the Panthers, showcasing his offensive threat and veteran leadership.

Now that the season has ended, Tarasenko is set to be a free-agent again.

Is Tarasenko’s main goal to win or to get more playing time?

The answer to this question probably indicates where Tarasenko will go.

However, if his recent home purchase of an oceanfront property in Florida last week is any indication, perhaps Tarasenko and his family have found their permanent home.

Tarasenko, who made it known verbally, wanted out of St. Louis for various reasons. Nearing the end of his career, why wouldn’t he want to stay in Florida?

While he barely played in regular season play with the Panthers in 19 games, his success in the postseason was notable, with 9 total points. Even more impressively, he not only scored a goal in the finals but also played with great aggression.

Is Vladimir Tarasenko seeking a permanent, stable home to finish his career?

The desire to win outweighs the potential extra money on the open market for certain players, especially those with a history of injuries.

Undoubtedly, Tarasenko could probably gain a good-sized veteran contract from a team with a lot of cap space. But if he wants to be part of something special, he should consider re-signing with the Florida Panthers for a hometown discount.

The Panthers could be at the beginning of a dynasty. There's perhaps no better way to end an already impressive career than by chasing additional Cup titles. Florida might give him the best chance to achieve this feat.