Vladimir Tarasenko is expected to miss the start of next season after the St. Louis Blues forward undergoes shoulder surgery next week.
“Obviously a long season, a long year, missed games, but that’s what it is,” Tarasenko wrote on Instagram on Wednesday. “In recent months I have felt something [was] wrong, but still trying to play. Then we found out what it was like when I came back from the bubble. To take away some speculation, no, I haven’t finished, [my] the career is not over. … I am more motivated than ever to finally get healthy and play. I hope and believe that the doctors will do their job, fix the problem, and there is a solution.
” So [I] I can’t wait to do that and start working to come back, play hockey, score goals and enjoy the game again. ”
Tarasenko underwent shoulder surgery on October 29 after being injured in a game against the Los Angeles Kings five days earlier. Before the injury, he scored 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in 10 games.
“He rehabilitated himself, he came back, we had to do another MRI. He was not feeling well, ”said Blues general manager Doug Armstrong. “This operation did not go as we had hoped. She did not succeed. He’s going to come back and have more operations next week, and that’s serious in the sense that he won’t be with us and he won’t be reassessed for five months after the date of surgery.
“This is the third operation. We hope it will return to where it was before. I’m not concerned about the work ethic and the approach he’s going to take to put himself in a good position, but time flies. to say how fast and what impact he can have on his return. ”
After the first operation, Tarasenko did not play again before an exhibition game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Rogers Place in Edmonton, the hub of the Western Conference, on July 29, but he missed the second of three round robin games during the Stanley Cup. Qualifiers.
He played in Games 1 and 2 for the Blues in the Western Conference first round against the Vancouver Canucks, but did not play the rest of the series, as the reigning Stanley Cup champion, St. Louis, lost in six games. He hasn’t had any points in four playoff games.
“Thank you for supporting the Blues and myself, especially with this injury,” wrote Tarasenko. “… We have received so many positive, warm and sympathetic messages. Your support has helped me recover faster and feel better. ”
Tarasenko also sent negative messages he received, sent by “a different group of people, haters”.
“Hope no one ever text you like this or the one you love,” he wrote. “Instead, I just wish a good recovery. ”
Tarasenko has 428 points (214 goals, 214 assists) in 507 NHL games in eight seasons, including five consecutive seasons with at least 33 goals in 2014-19 and 49 points (33 goals, 16 assists) in 74 playoff games. He scored 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in 26 playoff games to help the Blues win their first Stanley Cup championship last season.
“I think he can have the same impact as before,” Armstrong said, “but what I think or what I feel really doesn’t matter. It’s gonna be how he’s doing when he comes back. ”
NHL.com Independent Correspondent Louie Korac contributed to this report