ST. LOUIS -- When Doug Armstrong recently spoke with right wing Vladimir Tarasenko about the St. Louis Blues and their future, the general manager heard more than enough from a budding star with a humble and unselfish vision to make a long, lucrative commitment.
Tarasenko, who signed the richest contract in Blues history at eight years and $60 million on Tuesday, never brought up term, never brought up dollar figures, never brought up the words "I" or "me" in the conversations, which included agent Mike Liut. The 23-year-old, who led the Blues in goals (37) and points (73) last season, has one sole purpose.
"First of all, I want to say thank you to Tom Stillman, Doug Armstrong and all of the Blues organization to trust me a lot in giving me this contract," Tarasenko said Wednesday. "For us, this is a great opportunity to be better and win multiple times (the) Stanley Cup. When you have family, this is important for you that you know you can stay in the same place and if your family loves this place and if I love this place, there's no other options.
"We talk with Doug a lot about it and my role on the team. I like everything that he told me and he told to my agent. I talked with my family, I talked with my wife and we make a good decision together."