...and it's good!
Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) July 28, 2014
Tatar is the second-to-last RFA to sign for the Red Wings and definitely one of the two most-important ones. TSN's winner for Play of the Year put up 39 points in 73 games last season on what was generally known as the Kid Line. One of the more-impressive parts of Tatar's game this past season was his dogged determination on the puck. Tatar isn't known as a big guy or particularly stinging hitter, but he spent a good deal of time throwing his body around to make space for his great hands. There were times last season (such as the goal on TSN's site linked above) where you simply knew he wasn't going to be denied.
We'll post details of the deal as soon as they hit the Twitterwaves, but it's important to note that this deal will expire with Tatar as a restricted free agent.
[Update 1 - official press release from the Red Wings]
DETROIT - The Detroit Red Wings today announced that they have agreed to terms with left wing Tomas Tatar on a new three-year contract. In accordance with club policy, additional details will not be disclosed.
Tatar, 23, completed his first full NHL season in 2013-14, ranking sixth on the team with 39 points (19-20-39) in 73 games. The 5-foot-10, 186-lb., forward also ranked among team leaders with 19 goals (2nd), a plus-12 rating (3rd), three game-winning goals (T4th), 158 shots (1st) and three shootout goals (1st). He also represented Slovakia at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, tying for second on the team with two points (1-1-2) in four games. Originally drafted by Detroit in the second round (60th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Tatar has skated in 100 career games with the Red Wings since 2010-11, tallying 47 points (24-23-47) and 34 penalty minutes.
Prior to the 2013-14 campaign, Tatar skated in 265 games with the AHL's Grand Rapids Griffins from 2009-13, recording 196 points (87-109-196) and 152 penalty minutes. He also appeared in all 24 of the team's Calder Cup Playoff games in 2013, earning most-valuable player honors with the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy after logging 21 points (16-5-21) and 23 penalty minutes. In addition to making his Olympic debut in 2014, Tatar has represented his country at the 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Championships, picking up a combined 15 points (8-7-15) over the three tournaments and a silver medal at the event in 2012. He also racked up 16 points (10-6-16) in 13 games over two appearances at the World Junior Championships in 2009 and 2010. Tatar made his professional debut in Slovakia's top league for HKM Zvolen at the age of 17, registering 25 points (12-13-25) in 56 games over two seasons with HKM Zvolen and SHK 37 Piestany.
Tomas Tatar, Left Wing
Born Dec 1 1990 -- Ilava, Slovakia
Height 5.10 -- Weight 186 -- Shoots L
Selected by Detroit Red Wings round 2 #60 overall 2009 NHL Entry Draft
[Update 2 - AAV!]
#RedWings sign F Tomas Tatar to three years, $2.75M average— Helene St. James (@HeleneStJames) July 28, 2014