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Vladimir Tarasenko turned down offers from the Panthers, Sharks and Hurricanes
The news of the day in the NHL was announced this evening.

Vladimir Tarasenko has agreed to terms with the Senators on a one-season contract.

As I had mentioned in the text above, this is a very good signing for the team, one that doesn’t handcuff itself for the long term.

But is the Russian really the solution to the Ottawa club’s playoff drought? Unfortunately, we won’t know until next April.

What you need to know is that Tarasenko would have left offers from the Panthers (Florida), the Sharks (California) and the Hurricanes (Carolina) on the table to bring him to the nation’s capital. I’m a little surprised to see the Sharks in the derby, but it proves they want to win soon.

Interesting information, though, because it’s usually the other way around. Free agents like to move to hot destinations like Florida and California, and will ignore Canadian cities because of the cold and taxes, among other things.

This is unlikely to be the case with Tarasenko. It’s true that he’s Russian and that the cold certainly doesn’t scare him…

My colleague Mathis Therrien mentioned it in his morning text: the winger has turned down offers ranging from $5.5 million to $6million. We now know which teams were ignored by the Sens’ new forward.

As we know, he ended up signing a contract that paid less in the end. He really wanted to play in Ottawa…

Good for him.

In gusto

Life is good.

– Jalen Ramsey will go under the knife.

– Dominant.

– More details on the Camacho situation.

– To be continued.

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