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Red Wings and Tomas Tatar Agree on 4 year, 5.3M AAV Contract

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2017 Scotiabank NHL Centennial Classic - Detroit Red Wings v Toronto Maple Leafs

The Red Wings and Tomas Tatar have agreed on a contract. Tatar will earn $21.2M over the course of 4 years.

It's ironic that a player who has been accused of only performing when it didn't matter was able to come through in contract negotiations so close to the wire.

It’s no small feat that the team and Tatar were able to agree on a contract that is fair for both teams, and it shows that GM Ken Holland’s strategy of soft-pedaling the negotiations ended up working out in the end.

It obviously remains to be seen how well this contract will work out for both sides, but perhaps the team can use a Nyquist plot to study how this contract affects the Wings’ system.

Tatar will be 30 years old when the contract expires.

With Tatar in the fold, Holland will next turn his eye towards signing RFA Andreas Athanasiou.


I, for one, am very happy with this deal. I’m a big believer in paying more in AAV than term, when those are the choices. Keeping this deal to 4 years is a major win for the team.

The 5.3M AAV is potentially a small overpay in money, but keeping a player who has produced like Tatar has, and who wants to be a part of the team, in the fold is worth doing.

Considering I was hoping for 5 x 5, 4 x 5.3 is a win in my book. If you remember a couple days ago, I posted contract comparables, and I said that the Palat deal looked like the best comp. That deal was 5 x 5.3, so yeah...good deal for both sides.

[Update: Tatar’s trade protection clause info]