Panthers Acquire All-Star Winger Vladimir Tarasenko From the Senators

The St. Louis Blues right wing Vladimir Tarasenko in 2019
Vladimir Tarasenko with the St. Louis Blues in 2019. Photo by Richard Ulreich/CSM/Shutterstock (10434620bc)

The Florida Panthers made a big move on Wednesday, acquiring All-Star winger Vladimir Tarasenko in a trade with the Ottawa Senators.

The Panthers have given up a conditional 2024 fourth-round pick and a third-round selection in 2025 to land Tarasenko. As part of the trade, the Senators will retain 50% of Tarasenko’s $5 million salary in 2023-24.

Despite sitting at the top of the Atlantic Division, the Panthers have struggled with getting goals throughout the season. Adding Tarasenko is a significant step in resolving this issue, considering his scoring prowess. Since making his debut in the NHL, Tarasenko compiled six campaigns with 33 or more goals.

This season, Tarasenko’s scoring dropped off, and he has only 17 goals, alongside 24 assists, in 57 games. However, with better playmaking surrounding him in Florida, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he starts racking up goals on a more frequent basis.

The Senators, on the other hand, get some assets for a player on an expiring contract. While the return seems underwhelming, their hands were tied, considering that Tarasenko had a no-movement clause in his contract and was required to green-lit any trade.

Prior to joining the Senators as a free agent this past offseason, Tarasenko also suited up for the St. Louis Blues and the New York Rangers. He is a four-time All-Star and was part of the Blues team that won a Stanley Cup in 2019.