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Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo hand surgery, out at least six weeks


By on 3/16/2014 07:58:00 PM

The St. Louis Blues' Vladimir Tarasenko will undergo surgery on his right hand, and will miss a minimum of six weeks with the injury.

Doug Armstrong, the general manager of the Blues, announced the news today after Tarsenko injured his hand during a 4-1 on March 15th against the Nashville Predators. He'll be re-evaluated after the six-weeks are up.

The injury shouldn't be a major blow to a St. Louis team that is stacked offensively and has the best record in the NHL, but it could be bad news for fantasy owners.

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The six-week timetable almost surely means Tarasenko won't play again in the regular season, and may not be ready to return come playoff time either.

It's a crushing blow to the 22-year-old, who 43 points in 64 games this season, but has been on fire lately with nine points in eight games this month.

Still, Tarasenko is a budding superstar on a powerhouse team, and if he can't return this year, a breakout season next year could be in store.

The Blues called up forward Dmitrij Jaskin from their AHL affiliate, the Chicago Wolves, to take Tarasenko's place for the remainder of the season. Jaskin has 29 points in 42 games for Chicago this season, and has also played in nine games for the Blues this season.

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