Per Elliotte Friedman, Vladimir Tarasenko has hired Pat Brisson as his new agent. The announcement was made Wednesday.
Prior to this announcement, it was heavily implied Tarasenko was going to take his talents to Raleigh. Now, that has all been undone and the Vladimir Tarasenko sweepstakes gets a fresh start.
Who is Pat Brisson?
Vladimir Tarasenko finds himself in good hands with Pat Brisson. Brisson, representing Creative Artists Agency (CAA), is one of the most high-profile agents in hockey. He has helped to put together over $1 billion worth of active National Hockey League (NHL) contracts. The players he has worked for include, but are not limited to, Sidney Crosby, Nathan Mackinnon, John Tavares, Anze Kopitar, Jason Robertson, Jack Hughes, Seth Jones, Claude Giroux, Dylan Larkin, and Cole Caufield.
If there is one thing Pat Brisson knows how to do, it is getting his players to know their worth and then some. Mackinnon currently has the most lucrative contract in the NHL at an average annual value of $12.6 million. Brisson, Tavares, and then-Maple Leafs general manager Kyle Dubas put together a contract with an $11 million AAV that would be at least tied for the most expensive AAV on 26 of the 32 teams in the NHL.
Who will sign Tarasenko and for how much?
Vladimir Tarasenko will not get a contract like Tavares’ or Mackinnon’s, but a contract to look at is the contract Claude Giroux signed with Ottawa last season. While Giroux is four years older than Tarasenko, both have mileage on them and have significant offensive ability.
Just because Tarasenko has a new agent does not mean he all of a sudden will not sign with Carolina. They can easily scoop him up on a short-term deal. Maybe Nashville swoops in as Barry Trotz continues to establish an identity for his team. As previously talked about, Tarasenko figures to make around $6.75 million per year for three years. Maybe he gets a contract more like Dmitry Orlov’s new deal with Carolina.
Whatever team signs Tarasenko will add a proven sniper for the top six that prefers not to play defense. He is by no means a perfect player, but is still a piece that can put a team over the top.
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