The defending champion St. Louis Blues just announced some shocking news. Vladimir Tarasenko, their leading goalscorer from last season, needs surgery on his left shoulder and will miss the next five months of action at least.
“Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his left shoulder Tuesday and will be re-evaluated in five months,” the Blues website wrote. “Tarasenko had points in five straight contests before leaving the Oct. 24 game vs. Los Angeles in the first period with the injury after playing just four minutes and 37 seconds. He will be placed on long-term injured reserve.”