Vladimir Tarasenko

Looks like Blues top pick Tarasenko is coming to the NHL

1 Comment

Blues fans have been taking a watchful eye on Russia to see if 2010 first-round pick Vladimir Tarasenko will bring his game to St. Louis.

Their patience may be about to be rewarded.

Yahoo! Sports’ Dmitry Chesnokov reports this morning Tarasenko will come to North America and play for the Blues. Tarasenko has been playing in the KHL the last four seasons, splitting his time this past year with Novosibirsk Siber and SKA St. Petersburg.

The powerful scoring winger is someone the Blues have been high on since picking him but feared his stay in the KHL might be a permanent choice for him. Now he’ll be taking his shot to make the Blues roster with Ken Hitchcock at the helm. Here’s to hoping Tarasenko never had a chance to talk with Nikolay Zherdev.

Update (10:35 a.m. ET): Book it. Tarasenko signs his three-year entry-level deal according to Jeremy Rutherford of The Post-Dispatch.

In Jets return, Burmistrov delivers headshot to Bergeron (Updated)

1 Comment

Didn’t take long for Alex Burmistrov to make his presence felt — though not in a good way.

Burmistrov, playing in his first game for the Jets after a two-year stint in Russia, delivered a questionable elbow to the head of Boston’s Patrice Bergeron late in the first period of Thursday’s season-opener:

Burmistrov received a two-minute minor for an illegal check to the head, while Bergeron received a matching minor for roughing (retaliating for the elbow, specifically).

The Bruins went into the intermission leading 1-0, and have yet to update Bergeron’s status.

Update: Bergeron stayed in the game, but B’s head coach Claude Julien was none too pleased with the hit. Following the game, he called for the NHL’s Department of Player Safety to look at it…

Two-for-two: Another successful coach’s challenge as Sens reverse Kane’s goal

Dave Cameron
Leave a comment

Coaches are quickly getting the hang of this challenge thing.

Following Mike Babcock’s successful challenge in Toronto’s opening-night loss to Montreal on Wednesday, Babcock’s provincial rival — Sens head coach Dave Cameron — got it right as well, successfully reversing Evander Kane‘s would-be equalizer in the third period.

From the league:

At 10:34 of the third period in the Senators/Sabres game, Ottawa requested a Coach’s Challenge to review whether Buffalo was off-side prior to Evander Kane’s goal.

After reviewing all available replays and consulting with NHL Hockey Operations staff, the Linesman determined that Buffalo’s Zemgus Girgensons was off-side prior to the goal. According to Rule 78.7, “The standard for overturning the call in the event of a ‘GOAL’ call on the ice is that the Linesman, after reviewing any and all available replays and consulting with the Toronto Video Room, determines that one or more Players on the attacking team preceded the puck into the attacking zone prior to the goal being scored and that, as a result, the play should have been stopped for an “Off-side” infraction; where this standard is met, the goal will be disallowed.”

Therefore the original call is overturned – no goal Buffalo Sabres.

The clock is re-set to show 9:32 (10:28 elapsed time), when the off-side infraction occurred.

As the league later noted, this was the first coach’s challenge under the offside scenario.