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Tarasenko, if he comes, is NHL-ready

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08:25 AM ET 05.23 | At only 20, Vladimir Tarasenko may be the rare young player to crack an NHL lineup. Tarasenko has the raw talent to play in the NHL now. But to me it's premature to pencil him in among the top-six forwards and let him go. While the Blues aren't planning for Tarasenko to spend time in the minors, he will face a steep transition and how he handles that will determine his role and ice time. Some of the Blues' young skilled players are still searching for their game after three or four years in the league. I would expect a similar timetable for Tarasenko. But there's no doubt he's a promising player and perhaps he could speed up the process by arriving this summer and going to work.

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May 23, 2012  08:59 AM ET

yawn

May 23, 2012  09:34 AM ET

Tarasenko, if he comes, is NHL-ready

Usually, if I come, I'm more than ready.

May 23, 2012  09:57 AM ET

Slow news day in St. Louis

May 23, 2012  10:09 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Tarasenko, if he comes, is NHL-readyUsually, if I come, I'm more than ready.

If?

May 23, 2012  10:10 AM ET

For some reason I have the balalaika music from Dr Zhivago stuck in my head.

May 23, 2012  10:12 AM ET

Is Vladimir Tarasenko related to Alexei Radulov? Kind of looks like him.

May 23, 2012  10:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Tarasenko, if he comes, is NHL-ready Usually, if I come, I'm more than ready.

There you go, Canuck! Talking about Semin again!

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May 23, 2012  10:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

If?

I've got Met Life.

May 23, 2012  10:25 AM ET

Before annointing him NHL ready, let's see how he handles getting plastered along the boards in the smaller rinks.

May 23, 2012  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

I've got Met Life.

Thought it was the little blue pills? ;)

May 23, 2012  10:36 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Thought it was the little blue pills? ;)

they got stuck in the throat
had a stiff neck for 4 hours

May 23, 2012  11:29 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

they got stuck in the throathad a stiff neck for 4 hours

slow down on the coffee and cigarettes

May 23, 2012  11:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Thought it was the little blue pills? ;)

I tried them once but I don't think I used them correctly.

I put them in my shoe and they made me limp.

May 23, 2012  11:51 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Before annointing him NHL ready, let's see how he handles getting plastered along the boards in the smaller rinks.

Can't he get drunk in a big rink?

May 23, 2012  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

I tried them once but I don't think I used them correctly.I put them in my shoe and they made me limp.

I thought being limp was what they stopped?

May 23, 2012  12:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Can't he get drunk in a big rink?

not without a lot of rubles/

May 23, 2012  01:12 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Can't he get drunk in a big rink?

Nope, the alcohol content in the beer is too low.

May 23, 2012  04:24 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Nope, the alcohol content in the beer is too low.

Duh. I forgot for a minute he was only 20 (looks like 14).

 
May 23, 2012  10:28 PM ET
QUOTE(#19):

Duh. I forgot for a minute he was only 20 (looks like 14).

LOL the jersey's baggy, the hats too big.

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