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Tomas Tatar | Winger | #21

Team: Detroit Red Wings
Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/1/1990
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 185
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 2 (60) / DET
Contract: view contract details

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Tomas Tatar is thrilled to have signed a four-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.
"I can’t be more happy," Tatar said. "I’ve been on my phone talking to (friends) in the Detroit area and it’s just been real nice. I have a very special relationship with the Red Wings. I was a huge fan and it’s a really big relief for me to stay and continue my NHL career in Detroit." At times it looked like there wouldn't be such a favorable ending. At one point he suggested that if he had to go through an arbitration hearing then the 2017-18 campaign would likely be his last with the Red Wings. Detroit and Tatar weren't able to reach a compromise before that hearing, but they managed to agree to this new contract before the arbitrator ruled. Had the arbitrator ruled before the two sides were able to agree to terms on their own, then they wouldn't have been able to re-sign until January. That all said, Tatar noted that the arbitration wasn't "close to as bad as people were picturing" and noted that the Red Wings were great throughout the process. Jul 22 - 9:21 AM

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Tomas Tatar has signed a four-year, $21.2 million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings.

The two sides really waited until the last minute. Tatar and the Red Wings already went through their arbitration hearing, but because the arbitrator hadn't ruled yet, there was still a small window left for them to reach a compromise on their own. Tatar will come with a $5.3 million cap hit as a result of this deal. Based on previous reports, Detroit had offered Tatar a five-year, $25 million deal, but he rejected it as he was seeking $6 million to $7 million annually for six or seven years. It seems that the compromise was ultimately to agree to something with a shorter term. He had 25 goals and 46 points in 82 contests last season.
Jul 21 - 4:30 PM

The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar weren't able to avoid an arbitration hearing.

Tatar and the Red Wings have consequently had to make their case to an arbitrator, who will name Tatar's salary within the next 48 hours. Tatar's requested salary was $5.3 million and Detroit countered with $4.1 million, but the arbitrator has the power to determine a middle ground as well. He's eligible to become an unrestricted free agent next summer and did suggest that if it came to the point where a hearing was necessary then the 2017-18 campaign would likely be his last season with Detroit. The two sides will be able to begin negotiations on a long-term deal in January though. If he's still not signed to an extension by the trade deadline then it wouldn't be surprising to see Detroit trade him.
Jul 20 - 11:44 AM

The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar have filed their salary requests ahead of their scheduled arbitration hearing.

The Red Wings have requested a salary of $4.1 million and Tatar's counter is $5.3 million. There is still a chance that the two sides will be able to comprise and avoid a hearing.
Jul 18 - 9:52 AM

With time running out until Tomas Tatar's arbitration hearing, he's hoping that a contract can still be reached.

Tatar's hearing is scheduled for Thursday. "Detroit gave me a chance to start the NHL," Tatar said, per a translated interview in his native Slovak language. I hope I can continue and improve my (team). Detroit is a super organization full of excellent people. Despite everything positive, it's still business, and you will not influence decisions like this. Time will show … There is still time to agree." He also suggested that he should stop talking to the media about the process going forward. He made waves about a week ago when he expressed frustration with the process and suggested that if his case ended up going to a hearing that he would likely leave Detroit following the one-year arbitrator-appointed deal. A more recent report suggested that he wants a six- or seven-year deal in the range of $6 million to $7 million annually and has turned down Detroit's five-year, $25 million offer.
Jul 15 - 7:01 AM

Tatar has reportedly rejected a five-year, $25 million offer from the Detroit Red Wings.

Tatar is instead looking for a six or seven-year deal in the range of $6 million to $7 million annually. He has an arbitration hearing slated for Thursday, so this matter could be settled then with a one-year deal. If that happens though, Tatar has suggested that would probably be his last season if Detroit, according to a Slovakian interview. Tatar had 25 goals and 46 points in 82 games last season.
Jul 14 - 4:29 AM

Tomas Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings reportedly aren't close to agreeing to terms on a multi-year contract.

Tatar has filed for salary arbitration, so he'll almost certainly be playing for Detroit next season either way. However, according to an interview published by Slovakian website and translated by Kukla's Korner, he might simply test the UFA waters after his arbitration dictated contract is up if Detroit doesn't find a way to avoid the hearing. "Arbitration is the last option, I have to sign off, it’s just a mandatory contract," Tatar reportedly said. "Unless I agree with Detroit, I’ll go to the court (salary arbitration), where they’ll give me a year’s contract. That would probably be my last season in Detroit. We’ll see in a few days or weeks before it all comes together." Red Wings GM Ken Holland elected not to comment. We'll see where this leads, but ideally Tatar will be a significant part of the Red Wings' future and if they can't hold onto him in the long run then it will potentially be a big issue for them.
Jul 9 - 4:38 AM

Tomas Tatar has requested salary arbitration.

Tatar scored 25 goals and 46 points in 82 games last season. He has reportedly been seeking an average annual salary in the $5 million range.
Jul 5 - 6:34 PM

Tomas Tatar is reportedly seeking an average annual salary in the ballpark of $5 million.

Tatar is a restricted free agent and has arbitration rights. He's been solid over the last three seasons with a combined 75 goals and 147 points in 245 games. In 2016-17 specifically he had 25 goals and 46 points in 82 contests.
Jul 4 - 4:32 AM

Tomas Tatar will have shoulder surgery on Thursday.

He is projected to need four-to-six months of rehab, according to GM Ken Holland. Tatar indicated he'd be ready for start of season.
Apr 11 - 4:36 PM

Tomas Tatar scored a goal and assisted on another in the Detroit Red Wings' 5-4 shootout triumph over the visiting Ottawa Senators Monday night.

Tatar now has 24 goals and 20 assists on the season. He assisted on Gustav Nyquist's 12th goal of the season. Also scoring for the Red Wings in regulation were Frans Nielsen and Dylan Larkin, both of whom recorded their 16th goals of the season. Detroit forward Evgeny Svechnikov, making his NHL debut, scored the only goal of the shootout in the seventh round.
Apr 3 - 10:32 PM

Tomas Tatar has 10 goals in his last 17 games.

Tatar is making up for lost time as he's now up to 22 goals and 40 points in 74 games this season. The 26-year-old finished with 21 goals in 2015-16, though he'll still finish behind his career high of 29 goals set in 2014-15.
Mar 27 - 9:48 AM

Forward Tomas Tatar netted the Detroit Red Wings' only goal in a 2-1 loss to the visiting Buffalo Sabres Monday night.

Tatar broke the Sabres' shutout with a goal at 12:53 of the second period. It was Tatar's 21st goal of the season. Henrik Zetterberg picked up his 45th assist of the season on the Tatar goal.
Mar 20 - 10:25 PM

With his two goals Saturday afternoon in the Red Wings' 5-1 win over Colorado, Tomas Tatar hit the 20-goal mark for the third season in a row.

There is something to be said for consistency. Tatar is no star, but at least you know what you're getting when you draft him. Unfortunately, the Red Wings had hoped for more out of the Slovak forward. With the loss of Pavel Datsyuk, the Red Wing brass were thinking Tatar could up his production to 25-30 goals. Unless he finishes with a flurry, that won't happen.
Mar 19 - 8:50 AM

Tomas Tatar collected his second three-point effort during Saturday's 5-1 win over the Avalanche.

He's now up to five goals and eight points over his last five games, with a pair of three-point efforts. Both of the two goal variety as well. In 70 games this season he has 20 goals and 38 points.
Mar 18 - 4:53 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Henrik Zetterberg
2Dylan Larkin
3Frans Nielsen
4Riley Sheahan
5Luke Glendening
LW1Tomas Tatar
2Anthony Mantha
3Darren Helm
4Tyler Bertuzzi
5Matt Lorito
RW1Gustav Nyquist
2Andreas Athanasiou
3Justin Abdelkader
4Evgeny Svechnikov
5Martin Frk
6Johan Franzen
D1Mike Green
2Danny DeKeyser
3Trevor Daley
4Xavier Ouellet
5Jonathan Ericsson
6Niklas Kronwall
7Ryan Sproul
8Nick Jensen
9Luke Witkowski
G1Jimmy Howard
2Petr Mrazek
3Jared Coreau