Red Wings, Tomas Tatar close to agreeing on contract extension

by Jul 22, 5:19 PM

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Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar is close to signing a contract extension with the team, telling the new deal will like carry a two or three year term.

Tatar said his agent and the club have been speaking "for some time," admitting the process is "not easy" as "it's a business and both sides want to have the best conditions."

He did, however, reveal he's mulling three options: "The club offers me two-, three-and five-year contract." Tatar said he's leaning towards the shorter deals, but is in no rush to make a decision as Detroit is the only team he can negotiate with after accepting a qualifying offer on June 30.

The 23-year-old appeared in 73 games for the Red Wings last season, scoring 19 goals and adding 20 assists and 158 shots on goal.

Jul 29, 10:18 PM

Red Wings' Holland on Tatar's new 3-year deal: 'He's a very important player on our team'

by Jul 29, 10:18 PM
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After marinating for several seasons and tearing up the American Hockey League with the Grand Rapids Griffins, as all top-end Detroit Red Wings prospects seemingly do, Slovakian-born forward Tomas Tatar played a full season at the NHL level during the 2013-14 campaign. As he'd done in the minors, Tatar excelled.

The 22-year-old scored 19 goals and added 20 assists in 73 games last season, while logging bottom-six minutes and factoring in on Detroit's second power-play unit. In his limited role Tatar led the club in shot attempt differential (among Red Wings forwards who appeared in 50 games or more), and improved the Corsi For percentage of 12 of the 13 Red Wings skaters with whom he logged at least 100 even-strength minutes. 

Tatar showed the Red Wings enough in his first full season that they were willing to sign him to a new three-year, $8.25 million contract. Now that he's locked up for the medium-term, the Red Wings expect even more from him going forward.

"His best years are still ahead of him," Red Wings general manager Ken Holland told Chuck Pleiness of the Macomb Daily in a telephone interview this week. "He plays hard and goes to the hard areas. He’s a very important player on our team."

Holland also suggested that Tatar could see an increased role with the club next season:

He’s probably one of our top line forwards. We’d like to roll three lines out there that can score. That’s the way we’ve built our team for a lot of years.

We need to continue to get offense from a lot of our kids with (Tatar) being one of them.

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Jul 28, 2:03 PM

Red Wings, Tomas Tatar agree to 3-year contract reportedly worth $8.25M

by Jul 28, 2:03 PM

The Detroit Red Wings and restricted free agent Tomas Tatar agreed to terms on a three-year contract on Monday.

The deal was announced on the team's official website. Financial terms were not disclosed, but Helene St. James reports the annual value is $2.75 million, which would put the entire deal around $8.25 million.

Tatar made an impression in his first full season with the Red Wings, recording 19 goals and 39 points in 73 games. The 23-year-old has 100 games of NHL experience.

Tatar was named most valuable player for helping to guide Detroit's AHL affiliate Grand Rapids Griffins to a Calder Cup championship in 2013.