Helene St James Thinks Tomas Tatar is a Tradable Asset
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.
Statistically speaking, Tatar is an ace. His infectious personality brings something to the team that it has been in need of for a while: Personality. He agreed to a three-year deal over the summer, so he wants to play hockey here. There is no question that Mike Babcock is extremely difficult on him, but it's for good reasons. Tatar's ceiling is extremely high, and Babcock wants that best out of him.
So, onto this article HSJ posted.. I can't tell if serious, or just needed a click-bait article.. But here are some snippets from the aforementioned piece:
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.
Take from it what you want, but what I take away is that HSJ thinks trading Tomas Tatar, Jakub Kindl, and a draft pick for Tyler Myers (Owner of the worst corsi-differential in the entire NHL.) Why? Because right-hand shot? Because she's hauling buckets for Ken Holland again? Or because she just wanted the hits the article would produce?
Please, speak among yourselves.. I'll close this article out with some of the comments on the Freep article posted today:
To add to that, here is this:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p><a href="https://twitter.com/HeleneStJames">@HeleneStJames</a> and yet you state the top goal scorer on the team could/should be traded.</p>— Kyle from The USA (@KyleWIIM) <a href="https://twitter.com/KyleWIIM/status/551783764536201217">January 4, 2015</a></blockquote>
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