Blues sign Tarasenko to extension

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ST. LOUIS, MO (The Spread) - Vladimir Tarasenko will be a member of the Blues for the foreseeable future after signing a massive contract extension on Tuesday.

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Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted Tuesday afternoon that Tarasenko and the Blues reached an agreement on an eight-year, $60 million contract extension. Tarasenko's cap hit will be $7.5 million per season but it's worth it for a player that is emerging as a superstar.

The 23-year-old had a breakout season in 2014-15, finishing with 73 points (which ranked 10th in the NHL) and 37 goals (5th) in 77 regular season games. He also became the youngest Blue to record a 30-goal season since Brendan Shanahan accomplished the feat in 1991-92, and the first Blue overall to log 73 total points since Pavol Demitra in 2002-03.

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Blues are 14/1 to win the 2016 Stanley Cup, putting them behind the Blackhawks (11/2), Ducks (10/1), Lightning (10/1), Rangers (11/1), Penguins (11/1) and Kings (12/1).

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