Earlier this month, it seemed likely that Rangers free agent Vladimir Tarasenko would be headed to Raleigh to join the Hurricanes. On Thursday, the 31-year old put the fleeting rumors to rest for good, signing a one-year, $5 million deal with the Ottawa Senators.
“Vladimir’s a natural goal scorer,” said Senators general manager Pierre Dorion in a press release. “He’s a dynamic player who can score from anywhere in the offensive zone, as well as an underrated playmaker who’s made a career out of driving offence for he and his linemates.
A seasoned veteran at the forward position, Tarasenko spent his first 11 and a half seasons with St. Louis before being acquired by the New York Rangers in February.
In 69 games between the Blues and Rangers, the Yaroslavl, Russia native scored 18 goals and 32 assists.
He has appeared in 675 regular seasons games in his career, amassing 574 points with 270 goals and 304 assists.
In the Western Conference, Arizona received good news ahead of the weekend, as the third overall pick in the 2022 draft, Logan Cooley, signed a three-year entry level contract with the team.
Cooley had originally announced his decision to return to the University of Minnesota before signing with the Coyotes.
“We are thrilled to sign Logan to an NHL contract,” said Coyotes general manager Bill Armstrong in a release. “Logan is an incredibly skilled player who had an excellent season with the Golden Gophers last year. He has established himself as one of the top prospects in the world. He is a very important player for us, and he has an extremely bright future ahead.
The Pittsburgh native tallied 22 goals and 38 assists in his lone season with the Golden Gophers.
Arizona finished seventh in the Central Division this past season, recording 70 points with a 28-40-14 record.
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