The news comes after the announcement earlier this month that Tarasenko had requested a trade from St. Louis. Leaving the veteran winger unprotected, the Turks risk losing him for nothing in the draft.
If St. Louis had exchanged Tarasenko, he might have received a nice return for it. The franchise will now be able to move only if Seattle does not select it.
Tarasenko has entered the seventh year of an eight-year, $ 60 million deal he signed in July 2015. He has a maximum success of $ 7.5 million for the next two seasons, according to CapFriendly.
The 29-year-old has scored more than 30 goals in five of his nine NHL seasons and has 442 points (218 assists, 224 assists) in 531 games. He also had 17 points (11 goals, six assists) in 26 playoff games during the 2018-19 St. Louis Stanley Cup season.