The Red Wings have agreed to terms on a three-year contract with restricted free agent Tomas Tatar.
Tatar, 23, recorded 19 goals and 20 assists (39 points) in 73 games with the Red Wings last season. The Red Wings did virtually nothing in free agency, which means that young players like Tatar will take on bigger roles in 2014-15. He played in the top-6 for a large portion of last season because the Wings were ravaged by injures. He will likely start the year on the third line with Riley Sheahan and Tomas Jurco, but with strong play could climb into the top-6 quickly. A 20-goal, 20 assist season should be Tatar's floor this year.
Tatar (personal) will miss Thursday's game against the Rangers due to the passing of his father.
Tatar honoured his dad by scoring a goal and adding an assist the day after his passing. He has amassed 19 points (10G / 9A) in 38 games and is worth a look in deep leagues, especially if he sticks in the top-6 when the Red Wings start getting healthy.
It appears Tomas Tatar will dress tonight vs. Washington.
Tatar appeared to be a healthy scratch tonight, but the Wings sent Luke Glendening to the AHL which opens up a spot in the lineup. Tatar will slide in on the second or third line, depending on where Mike Babcock wants to use him and Daniel Cleary. Tatar has two goals and an assist in 11 games.
Tatar has been either a healthy scratch or a third liner to this point, but this morning Mike Babcock had him skating with Henrik Zetterberg and Johan Franzen. Don't buy too much into this until he plays with them in a game, but after an embarassing 6-1 loss the other night, don't be surprised if Babcock keeps this shake-up intact tomorrow vs. New York.
Mike Babcock said he'll decide later if Tomas Tatar will play tonight for Red Wings, but it sure sounded like he's in after morning skate.
Tatar could enter the lineup in either Mikael Samuelsson or Todd Bertuzzi's spot in the Red Wings lineup. Samuelsson played just two shifts in the third period yesterday, so he would seem like the most likely candidate.
Tomas Tatar made the Wings’ final roster, but now the question is when will he get in the lineup. It appears Wings coach Mike Babcock will sit Tatar in the season opener, opting to go with a more veteran look as Joakim Andersson will center Todd Bertuzzi and Daniel Cleary.
“I’m out of the lineup right now, but I don’t know what will happen Wednesday, so just wait for a chance,” Tatar said. “I’m the youngest guy in the locker room, so I wait and when chance comes I’m going to grab it and hold it.” Tatar is a tremendous offensive talent and will get his shot soon. He has great speed, great hands and the ability to set up linemates and score.
The Wings have placed Brendan Smith on IR, called up Tatar and Mrazek from Grand Rapids.
Tatar was called up to try and spark the Red WIngs secondary scoring. Tatar has 19 G, 22 A and a +13 in 44 AHL games this season. The crafty Slovak will play on the Wings second line with Datsyuk and Filppula, which gives him a great opportunity to produce.