Blues’ Tarasenko skates; GM warns of ‘false hope’

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko skated with his team for the first time Tuesday since being leveled by Colorado Avalanche centre Mark Olver on Feb. 20.
March 12, 2013, 2:00 PM

St. Louis Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko skated with his team for the first time Tuesday since being leveled by Colorado Avalanche centre Mark Olver on Feb. 20.

Currently on injured reserve, Tarasenko has scored six goals and six assists in 17 games for the Blues this season and was named the NHL’s Rookie of the Month in January.

An early Calder Trophy candidate, Tarasenko’s momentum this season was halted when Olver drilled his shoulder into the Russian’s chin during an Avalanche victory. He has missed eight games since the incident.

“I don’t talk too much about concussions, but it’s not about skating — there’s a lot of things,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Whether he plays on this home stand, the next two weeks, three weeks, the next month… you’re only creating false hope to your fans by putting a timetable on something that there isn’t a timetable.”

Fellow injured Blues forwards Andy McDonald (knee) and Alex Steen (shoulder), however, could be back in the lineup soon, Steen as early as Tuesday’s home game versus the San Jose Sharks.

The Blues recently took a pass on signing veteran free-agent forward Jason Arnott, 38, who had been skating with the club this month.

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