Watch: Vladimir Tarasenko meets the media

Vladimir Tarasenko followed up his breakthrough 2014-15 season by signing a rich deal with the St. Louis Blues as a restricted free agent this summer.

ST. LOUIS — Vladimir Tarasenko was on the ice on Friday morning for the opening session of St. Louis Blues training camp. Hear what the standout forward said after the first practice of the season.

Tarasenko followed up a 43-point sophomore season in 2013-14 with a breakthrough campaign last winter when he scored 37 goals and 73 points to lead the Blues to the Central Division championship. 

The Blues showed their commitment to Tarasenko with an eight-year contract worth $60 million, but now all eyes will be focused on the 23-year-old Russian as he's tasked with taking his game to another level and helping the Blues advance deeper into the Western Conference playoffs and make a push for their first Stanley Cup championship.

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