Toronto Maple Leafs center Tyler Bozak (42) celebrates

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Tyler Bozak Came To Blues Just So He Won't Have To Block Tarasenko's Shot

Bozak wrote a column for The Players Tribune and explained the real reason he chose St. Louis "I’m kidding. (I’m not kidding.)"

July 03, 2018 - 9:54 am
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The legend of Vladimir Tarasenko's shot apparently affected Tyler Bozak's decision in free agency. The new St. Louis Blues forward wrote a column on The Players Tribune and explained the real reason he chose St. Louis "I’m kidding. (I’m not kidding.)"

Bozak signed with St. Louis on Sunday morning, the first day of NHL free agency. His entire nine-year career in the NHL has been with the Toronto Maple Leafs and had a career best 55 points two seasons ago. Last year, he collected 43 points, including 11 goals and 32 assists.

But what he also seems to be proud of is his willingness to block a shot by Tarasenko in previous games against the Blues. He says that's one of the reasons why "St. Louis was a perfect fit" for him: 

"Mostly because I don’t want to block another Vladimir Tarasenko shot ever again.

I’m kidding. (I’m not kidding.)"

We don't blame you one bit, Tyler. 

He also has spoken with Blues players, past and present, about what it's like to play in St. Louis. Paul Stastny told him it is "a great place it is to raise a family." 

But perhaps what Blues fans will be most excited to hear is that Bozak chose St. Louis because he believes this team can win a Stanley Cup:

"I know how good the Blues are. They’ve been so hard to play against for years. They’ve got great talent, and even though I was fortunate enough to accomplish some great things in Toronto, I never got the one thing I’ve always really wanted.

The Stanley Cup.

I want to win a Cup. So damn bad.

That’s why I signed in St. Louis. There’s your headline. Print it."

Printed. Now lets see this team make it happen.