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The Red Wings and Tomas Tatar agreed on a four-year deal


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The Detroit Red Wings and Tomas Tatar have come to terms on a four-year, $21.2 million dollar contract as the two sides avoided a bitter arbitration hearing. The new deal will carry an average annual value of $5.3 million according to Hockey Night in Canada’s Elliotte Friedman.

The deal has to come as a relief to both general manager Ken Holland and Tatar himself considering the forward had already threatened that this upcoming season could be his last in Detroit if an arbitrator had to determine his 2017-18 deal.

As Detroit’s most consistent scorer over the past three seasons netting 29, 21 and 25 goals respectively, Tatar’s new deal falls right in line with what he probably should have gotten. Tyler Johnson’s new contract with the Lightning seemed to have set the market this season for Tatar and was probably somewhat of a benefit to Ken Holland and the Red Wings at the negotiating table.

In any sense however it’s a deal that Ken Holland had to get done considering Tatar’s offensive production. Likewise though it may also be a move that’ll require the Red Wings’ front office to compensate for when it comes to the salary cap.

Stay tuned.

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