Coronavirus: Blues star Tarasenko to return when NHL season resumes

By Sports Desk April 08, 2020

St Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko is set to return to the ice when and if the coronavirus-hit NHL season resumes.

Tarasenko underwent shoulder surgery in October and the Russian forward has not played for Stanley Cup champions the Blues since.

The three-time All-Star had three goals and seven assists in 10 games up until October 24.

Tarasenko began skating for the first time since the procedure in early February and was inching closer to a return before the season was paused on March 12 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"I was lucky enough to travel a couple road trips before this all started to feel like a part of the team again more," Tarasenko said on the Blues' full-team conference call on Wednesday.

"Just looking forward to joining the guys on the ice, practice normally and hopefully play some hockey. It's been a long year, but hockey will start some day and we're just waiting for the day."

Tarasenko and Alex Ovechkin are the only players in the league to score at least 30 goals for five consecutive seasons entering 2019-20. 

The Blues' Tarasenko had 11 goals and six assists in 26 games last season to help St Louis win the Stanley Cup for the first time. 

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