3 players we would love to see return to the St. Louis Blues

The St. Louis Blues could be way better off if they still had a few players from their core a few short seasons ago, and perhaps one of them will end up returning.
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Vladimir Tarasenko would help with the Blues scoring woes

Vladimir Tarasenko was in town when the Blues won the Stanley Cup back in 2019, and he would be a missing piece for this team’s top-six if the pending unrestricted free agent were interested in returning to St. Louis this summer. Per SpoTrac, Florida isn’t the most cash-strapped team per projected cap space this summer, but if you look at their lineup, they have a lot of decisions to make regarding who will stay and who will go. 

This would leave the Panthers with considerably less money to spend, meaning there is a good chance Tarasenko was just a rental this year. If that’s the case, the 32-year-old will be on the market, and as he’s shown, he can still score. 

He has 53 points in 72 games as of April 9th, 22 goals, and a solid 15.6 shooting percentage. Tarasenko remains a big help on the man advantage, and he’s been on the ice for 16 goals this season between his time in Ottawa and in Sunrise. 

Tarasenko has also helped his teams accumulate 63 goals this season, which is one of the better stats of his career. He may be older, but Tarasenko is still every bit as effective as he was during his time with the Blues between 2012 and 2023.