On trade deadline day, things managed to get shaken up after the final buzzer. Multiple reports state that the Detroit Red Wings traded forward Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights for 3 draft picks. The picks included in the trade will be a 2018 1st round pick, 2019 2nd round pick, and a 2021 3rd round pick.
Detroit has looked to trade Tatar or Gustav Nyquist come the trade deadline, although the deal didn’t go down until 3 minutes after the deadline ended, it was a very good trade for the Red Wings and for Vegas. Great thing for Detroit is that they acquire multiple picks which includes another first rounder in this year’s draft and they don’t retain any salary which mean $5.3 Million of Tatar’s contract is off the books. For Vegas, they acquire a speedy and skillful forward who’s also a consistent 20 goal scorer who fits their style of hockey. Tatar also brings playoff experience to Vegas, who is currently making a push at a deep playoff run.
Tomas Tatar was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2009 NHL Draft by the Red Wings. The 27 year old forward has 28 points through 16 goals and 12 assist. Back in July the Red Wings and Tatar went through an arbitration battle which ended with the two sides agreeing to a 4 year contract and an annual value of $5.3 Million.
With Tatar gone, Detroit will likely place Martin Frk into the line up to replace him. This also clears up some cap space for the Red Wings, who have been pressing up against the cap. The Red Wings also now has 11 picks in the upcoming 2018 NHL Draft with the addition of the Vegas 1st round pick.