Vladimir Tarasenko is set to undergo shoulder surgery and it could potentially cost him the start of the 2018-19 campaign.
The St. Louis Blues’ star winger suffered a dislocated shoulder on an innocent-looking play (that you can watch at the top of the page) early against the Colorado Avalanche during his team’s final game of the season Saturday. That Blues-Avs game was a win-and-you’re-in situation and Colorado ended up winning 5-2.
Tarasenko told reporters in St. Louis Tuesday he will go under the knife Wednesday.
“When [the pain] didn’t go away [after] 10-15 seconds, you know it was something serious,” Tarasenko said. “I’m really upset it happened in the most important game of the year, but it was a bad feeling to be in the locker room while the guys fought for a [playoff] spot.”
Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said he expects the Russian to be fully recovered in four to six months.
Tarasenko led his team in goals with 33 and finished the season with 66 points in 80 games.