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Pittsburgh Penguins linked to two-time Stanley Cup Champion Vladimir Tarasenko


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Tom Banks
July 3, 2024  (10:15)
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Vladimir Tarasenko, formerly of the Florida Panthers.
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The Pittsburgh Penguins are in major need of help up front if they are to chase the Stanley Cup, and now they're linked to veteran goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko.

After another fantastic season, culminating in the second Stanley Cup victory of his career, Vladimir Tarasenko is once again a free agent, and the 32-year old is fielding plenty of interest. According to Luke Fox of Sportsnet however, the front runner to land the former St. Louis Blue is the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are desperate for help outside Sidney Crosby as they chase one last Stanley Cup as a group.
The 23-goal, 55-point winger may have shifted from a top-six to a middle-six threat into his 30s, but Tarasenko is still a shooting threat with a better defensive conscience than he gets credit for.

Surely, the Russian would be amenable to remaining in Florida, where he hoisted a second Stanley Cup skating on the third line, but GM Bill Zito is being prudent with his budget.

The Penguins are reportedly one of the clubs to make the UFA an offer, as Tarasenko should be prepared to accept a pay cut from the $5 million Ottawa Senators gave him last summer... on July 27.

Even with a turbulent season that ended in Florida, the veteran still excelled at scoring goals, netting 23 on the year, and if he can keep that level of play up, there's no reason why he couldn't be a genuine force once again paired up with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh.
Source: MarkerZone
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