A cold, dreary Sunday after a Wings loss is never that much fun. Not for anybody, really. Instead of having a typical slow news day, Detroit Red Wings cardinal beat-writing Matriarch Helene St James posted a bizarre column on Tomas Tatar...
Before I go on and crack into what she said, let me go over a few things about Tomas Tatar..
- He leads the team in goal-scoring (16 goals)
- He's an efficient shot-suppressing forward, with a CA/60 of 40.9 at even strength through 39 games played.
- His on-ice corsi differential so far this season is +139 at even strength.
Tatar had 19 goals last season, and is well on his way to topping 20 this season. To essentially be a two-time 20-goal scorer at age 24 makes Tatar intriguing as a trade asset. The Wings are eager to add a top-four defenseman who shoots right, and to get someone of quality - like Buffalo's Tyler Myers - it would take a young hotshot. Maybe the Wings can sway the Sabres with Tatar and defenseman Jakub Kindl (who doesn't seem to have a future in Detroit), along with a second-round draft pick. It helps tremendously that another prospect is banging on the door, as Teemu Pulkkinen is having a standout season with Grand Rapids. He's already delivered an AHL-leading 19th goal of the season, and he shoots right, with NHL-caliber delivery.