Prepared to be entertained for 4 more years Detroit. The Red Wings and forward Tomas Tatar agreed to a new contract. The news was announced by the Detroit Red Wings twitter account Friday afternoon.
Tomas Tatar would also tweet about his new deal to stay in Detroit.
The contract is a 4-year deal worth $5.3 million. Tatar filed for arbitration back in late June as the two sides struggled to a deal. The 26 year old forward was looking for a six or seven year deal around $6 million where the Wings offered $5 million. Thursday was the arbitration hearing for the Red Wings and Tatar in Toronto, if the two sides didn’t get a deal done then Tatar would’ve likely received a one year deal which means he could become an unrestricted free agent after the 2017-2018 season.
Detroit fans can breathe a little easier now that the team managed to get a deal done with Tatar. Last season he led the team in goals with 25. Tatar said he wanted to stay in Detroit and nobody doubted him, however the deal had to be right in order for that to happen. This is actually a deal that is beneficial for both sides. Tatar gets $5.3 Million while the Wings don’t get locked into Tatar for a long term. If you’re wondering then the answer is yes, this is the same deal Ondrej Palat got with the Tampa Bay Lighting.
Now this signing now brings the Red Wings over the cap by a little over $3 Million, according to Cap Friendly. Let’s also remember that Andreas Athanasiou is still a restricted free agent and has to be signed. It’s reported that he’s looking for a two year deal at $1.2 Million. Detroit will most likely have to move a contract to make some room before the regular season starts. It’ll be interesting to see what Ken Holland does to get the Red Wings under the cap. It’ll be hard to move the bad contracts that was given out and the Red Wings have a 48 hour buyout window, however I highly doubt they’ll use it to rid themselves of a bad contract.