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Tomas Tatar On His Time With The Vegas Golden Knights

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

For a player who the Golden Knights sent the Wings a first-round draft pick this year, a second-rounder next year, and a third-round selection in 2020, it is a bit eye-opening to not see Tatar in the lineup.

“It upsets you a little bit sometimes,” Tatar said of the benching. “But right now, it’s all about winning and doing whatever it takes to help the team win. I want to win. It upsets you sometimes, but it’s all about being supportive, creating a good environment and it’s all about winning.”

Tatar said he understands Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant leaning toward players, and a lineup, that Gallant has been familiar with from the start of the season.

“I’m just working hard off the ice to be ready,” Tatar said.

Tatar played in 20 games with the Golden Knights after being traded, posting six points (four goals, two assists) with a minus-11 plus-minus rating.

Tatar admits the adjustment was gradual, with the shock of being traded for the first time in his career. But the tight-knit, and inviting, Golden Knights roster has helped getting comfortable in Vegas.


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Down River Dan's avatar

Sure hope that Holland can take advantage of that 1st rounder he swindled from Vegas. It will be a low pick, so they will likely not get a superstar, but still a potentially good player. However, there are teams without a 1st round pick, so maybe use this pick in some sort of trade??

Posted by Down River Dan on 05/11/18 at 04:39 PM ET

awould's avatar

The shock of being traded, huh? Not buying that for a guy who was actively hoping to be traded.

Posted by awould on 05/11/18 at 08:26 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

So Nosek is playing regularly and Tatar is not?  Interesting.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 05/11/18 at 10:26 PM ET

Colin's avatar

Tatar said he understands Golden Knights coach Gerard Gallant leaning toward players, and a lineup, that Gallant has been familiar with from the start of the season.

This is the main thing going on here. You’re looking at a team in Vegas with a very low salary that can afford to sit monied players, with an already very strong lineup with good chemistry and a locked-in top-6. Tatar was always going to be slated for a 3rd line spot, and when Perron came back Gallant went with his guy. It doesn’t surprise me at all that Tatar is sitting it out.

Next year will be a different story, with Neal most-likely jumping ship and maybe more changes to the roster.

Posted by Colin from Ken Holland's new yacht, "Incompetence" on 05/14/18 at 09:22 AM ET

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