In Red Wings Land
Yes, yes they do.
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.
I actually think 5x5 is a really reasonable deal for Tomas Tatar. I’m not sure the Red Wings can afford to have another crazy long term contract on their cap.
As far as Athanasiou goes...
The Red Wings aren't expected to sign him for more than two years, likely in the range of $1.5 million a season.
Sign me up for that contract. That’s an excellent deal.
Around the League
Elliotte Friedman offers his final thoughts of the summer. I thought there were some interesting nuggets in his piece. It’s definitely worth a read.
On Connor McDavid’s deal and a reset of the market:
“We could go the NBA route,” agent three continued. “More money to elite guys of the world. Further erosion of the middle class… or there isn’t going to be a middle class. I can see the genesis of it with this contract. More than half your team at or around the minimum.”
I actually don’t hate this. True elite players should be making top dollar. I think this would help eliminate middle of the road players getting overpaid. If Ken Holland really needs to pay Anthony Mantha big bucks, it might make him think twice before overpaying a guy like Darren Helm.
On offer sheets:
1. One thing a few different NHL executives agree on: Offer sheets are coming. Cam Fowler, Martin Jones, Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Price are gone from next year’s unrestricted class. “There simply are not enough impact players available in free agency,” one said. “If you need to improve your team — and fast — it’s going to be your best option.”
I’ll believe it when I see it.
On Trevor Daley’s deal with the Wings:
10. Trevor Daley’s Detroit contract has a unique provision. Daley has a no-trade from now until 10 days prior to the 2018-19 trade deadline. After that, a 15-team list you can’t send him to.
That’s good info to know. Friedman also touches on the never ending Matt Duchene trade saga, the next CBA negotiation between the NHL and NHLPA, and “Summer LTIR.”