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Red Wings' Tomas Tatar files for arbitration, will have deal within month
DETROIT - Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar filed for salary arbitration Wednesday, ensuring he will have a new deal with the club no later than early August.
Tatar is now precluded from receiving an offer sheet from another team.
Arbitration hearings take place from July 20 to Aug. 4 in Toronto, but Tatar more than likely will have a deal before then. The Red Wings rarely reach the hearing stage with a player, which can be unpleasant for both sides. Tatar and the club now have urgency to work out a deal.
Since Tatar would be eligible for unrestricted free agency in 2018, he can receive only a one-year deal through arbitration. The club, obviously, would prefer a longer term to buy into his unrestricted years.
Tatar's new deal is expected to be in the $5 million-a-year range, perhaps slightly higher. He earned $2.75 million last season, when he led the team with 25 goals.
Tatar has 75 goals and 147 points in 245 games the past three seasons. Gustav Nyquist, who makes $4.75 million a season, has 56 goals and 145 points in 240 games during the same time frame.
Red Wings still have work to do with Tatar, Athanasiou;?Vanek?
Much of the NHL seems to be in something like a ?vacation mode,? but not the Detroit Red Wings.
GM Ken Holland still has work to do, with some tasks being more optional and others standing as more urgent.
In the most urgent category: figuring out how to handle the seemingly strained situation with Tomas Tatar. MLive.com?s Ansar Khan provides an update on the situation, which unfortunately seems like more of the same.
Tatar?s camp has rejected a five-year offer of $5 million per season, wanting six or seven years at closer to $6 million a season, a source said.
Neither side appears willing to budge, which could result in a rare hearing for the Red Wings before an arbitrator next Thursday in Toronto. If it reaches that stage, Tatar will receive a one-year contract because he is eligible for unrestricted free agency next summer.
A one-year contract might not be so promising in the long-term, as there are rumblings that such a situation might prompt Tatar to eventually leave Detroit.
Khan provides a rosier update for Andreas Athanasiou. Without arbitration rights, the Red Wings might be able to leverage the speedy forward into a cheap deal. Khan pegs a possible deal at two years with a cap hit of $1.5 million.
While Athanasiou and Tatar are more crucial scenarios, there?s also the question of possibly bringing back Thomas Vanek.
Both Khan and the Detroit Free Press? Helene St. James report that, while there?s mutual interest in Vanek returning to the Red Wings, those two younger forwards are expected to eat up too much cap space.
It?s a tight situation for Holland & Co., so it wouldn?t be surprising if that front office will have to wait until August to enjoy a day at the beach. (NBC/PHT)
Tatar agrees to four-year contract with Red Wings: report
Forward's average annual value will be $5.3 million
Forward Tomas Tatar and the Detroit Red Wings agreed to terms on a four-year contract with an average annual value of $5.3 million on Friday, according to Sportsnet.
Tatar had an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Thursday, but the sides were able to agree on a contract prior to the arbitrator's ruling.
Tatar, 26, had 46 points (25 goals, 21 assists) in 82 games with the Red Wings last season. He has scored at least 21 goals in each of the past three seasons and has missed one game in that span.
Selected by the Red Wings in the second round (No. 60) of the 2009 NHL Draft, Tatar has 194 points (99 goals, 95 assists) in 345 NHL regular-season games, all with Detroit. He has three goals and four assists in 17 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
Red Wings' new arena features record-breaking 5,100-square foot video board
The centerhung system will feature a continuous, seamless display connecting all four sides with each side measuring approximately 28 feet high by 43.5 feet wide. Using a 6-millimeter line spacing, the displays will bring high resolution images to fans at every event. The centerhung system features variable content zoning which allows each side to show one large image or to be divided into multiple sections to show any variety of live video, instant replay, game statistics and information, animations and graphics, and sponsorship messages.
The centerhung will also feature four under-mount displays to appeal to fans sitting closer to the action. Each display will measure more than 7 feet high by 9.5 feet wide and feature 6-millimeter line spacing to show complementary content to the main displays. Together, the centerhung display will feature approximately 11 million LEDs, more than one LED for each person in Michigan.
Assuming everyone’s healthy, Wings will ‘probably’ have to shed salary
The Detroit Red Wings may have to shed some salary to become cap compliant for the 2017-18 season.
“If everybody is healthy when we get to opening day, we’ll probably have to make a move,” GM Ken Holland said, per MLive. “I’m anticipating we’ll be over by a little bit.”
The Wings still have to sign RFA forward Andreas Athanasiou.
The Red Wings’ cap figure stands at about $77.5 million, including $2.56 million of dead space from Stephen Weiss, who was bought out in 2015, and (Johan) Franzen. They could get as much as $3.95 million in cap relief from Franzen, which would take them down to roughly $73.6 million. That doesn’t leave a lot to sign Athanasiou, a restricted free agent, and provide a small cushion to recall a player from the Grand Rapids Griffins as a replacement for someone on short-term IR.
Obviously, it’s not an enviable position that the club finds itself in. The Wings just missed the playoffs for the first time since 1990, and they have a number of aging veterans signed to significant contracts.
But Holland has been loath to tear things down in Detroit.
In fact, the longtime GM went out this summer and signed veteran defenseman Trevor Daley for three years and $9.5 million.
Daley will turn 34 in October.
Has Holland completely lost his shit? Really?
I think so.
He sounds like a man without a plan and somehow found him self in way to deep.
DeKeyser is projected to skate with Mike Green on the top defensive pair in the upcoming season with Trevor Daley on the 2nd line.
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