Why the Detroit Red Wings are a good fit for Vladimir Tarasenko

Vladimir Tarasenko locked in a deal within a few days of the opening of free agency, signing with the Detroit Red Wings.
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Former St. Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko signed with the Detroit Red Wings.

After the first day of free agency (July 1st), Tarasenko was the most notable name who hadn’t signed with a team.

As his previous Florida Panthers brokered several deals, it became evident that his time in Florida had ended unless Tarasenko was willing to play at a very league-minimum contract.

As the days progressed, rumors circulated about Tarasenko being targeted by the Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Rangers.

Reports came out that the Penguins did offer the veteran a contract, but Tarasenko chose to sign with Detroit on a two-year contract.

Tarasenko made the correct decision

Playing the 2023-24 season in Ottawa and Florida, Tarasenko netted 23 goals.

Had he played for the Detroit Red Wings in 2023-24, he would have ranked fourth on the team in goals and fourth in total points.

Tarasenko is betting on himself and his potential to still play at a high level.

While it’s evident he has been plagued by injuries that have arguably altered his career, he’s still only 32 years old and is a four-time All-Star.

Add his two-Cup wins to his resume, and he’s a no-brainer free-agent acquisition.

Tarasenko brings veteran leadership, the ability to attack the net, and a high offensive IQ. Additional qualities exist around his aggressive play.

With the Red Wings losing David Perron, Tarasenko can quickly fill the void and perhaps even contribute more than the fellow former Blues player.

It’s unclear if the Florida Panthers ever legitimately offered to retain Tarasenko. From the opening day of free agency, it appears this was not the case.

However, Tarasenko had other opportunities and waited to find his best fit.

Additionally, Detroit made a respectable offer of $9.5 million for two years to Tarasenko.

Tarasenko is seeking to continue his legacy as one of the best players in the league. Although he’s headed toward the end of his career, his services will be helpful in Detroit.