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Tomas Tatar Enjoying His Time In Montreal

from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Things didn’t work out for Tatar in Vegas after the Golden Knights acquired him from the Detroit Red Wings at the NHL trade deadline last season in exchange for a first-round pick at this year’s draft, a second-round pick next year and a third-round pick in 2021. In 20 regular-season games with Vegas, Tatar had 2-4-6 totals and was minus-11 before being a healthy scratch for 12 of 20 playoffs games as the Golden Knights advanced to the Stanley Cup final.

Things have gone much better for Tatar in Montreal, and he’s enjoying everything about being a Canadien.

“I think we’re feeling a lot of support from the fans this season,” he said. “I think we’re trying to work hard for them on the ice and they really appreciate it. They stand behind us. They’ve been loud every time we’ve played at home and we can feel the support.

“In Canada, hockey is the No. 1 sport and you see it through the media and through the outside when you walk around the city,” Tatar added. “There’s a lot of fans out there who watch hockey and want to talk about hockey. Personally, I’m really enjoying it....


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Good Start By Tomas Tatar In Montreal

from Travis Yost of TSN,

The prized acquisition of the  trade was thought to be prospect centre . But right now, it’s another player from that deal who is helping move the needle in Montreal.

has had a fascinating career. Tatar was a reliable top-six scoring option for years in Detroit – a quality playmaker and goal scorer who fit in well on most speed-based lines. But in 2017-18, Tatar fell into a bit of a slump with the Red Wings. When Detroit prepared to gut their entire roster and enter a full-blown rebuild, they decided to ship him to Vegas for draft picks.

Tatar fit in Vegas like a square peg in a round hole. He was an ineffective attacker and never appeared to draw the confidence of head coach Gerard Gallant, who routinely made him a healthy scratch in the playoffs....

t’s too early to say which side ‘won’ the Pacioretty trade, but Tatar surely is making it interesting. Playing primarily with  and  in Montreal’s top six, Tatar has had a strong start to the season (five goals and eight assists in 15 games.) He’s one of the big reasons why the Canadiens are off to a hot start this season.

But Tatar hasn’t just brought an individual scoring touch to Montreal. Part of what’s made the Canadiens so successful this season is that they’re owning the puck in a way they didn’t last season, and it starts with improved performance in the top-six forwards. 


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Hot Tatar

from Marc Dumont at the Montreal Gazette,

Last week, I said the Tomas Tatar-Phillip Danault-Brendan Gallagher line had breakout potential. This week, we’re no longer talking about potential, but rather their excellent results.

The line has been flat out dominant and has yet to allow an even-strength goal while they’re on the ice.

Tatar has led the charge, scoring three goals and adding four assists (three of which were primary assists) in his last four games and controlling the play. His seven points also happen to be the best point total among all NHL players in the last week, tied with Edmonton’s Connor McDavid.

During Tatar’s shifts, the Canadiens controlled more than 70 per cent of the shots and just under 70 per cent of the high-danger opportunities.

He was on the ice for seven goals for, and none against. He leads the Canadiens in almost every statistical category, including individual high-danger attempts, where he ranks 14th in the NHL.

Simply put, he’s been on a tear since joining the Canadiens, to the point that the Golden Knights are probably starting to regret including him in the Max Pacioretty deal as a salary-cap casualty.

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Afternoon Line- Tomas Tatar

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Montreal Trades Max Pacioretty To Vegas For Tomas Tatar, Nick Suzuki & A 2nd Round Pick

via a press release from the Montreal Canadiens,


added 7:08am,



Vegas press release is below.

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The Pressure Is On Tomas Tatar

from Joey Alfieri of NBC Sports,

The Golden Knights aren’t up against the salary cap, but they still have to be concerned about Tatar $5.3 million per season for the next three years. He’s currently the third-highest paid player on the team behind Paul Stastny and Marc-Andre Fleury. He also has a no-trade clause. There’s clearly going to be some pressure on him to produce more than he did a year ago.

That’s not to say that he can’t have a rebound season because he definitely can. It just depends on what your expectations are for him. If the Golden Knights are looking for him to score 20 goals and 45-50 points, that’s realistic. If he does anything more than that, it would be considered a bonus. If he continues to struggle, they’ll be stuck with that contract for a while.


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Slovenia stuns the Slovaks, hockey world, wins first Olympic hockey game via 3-1 tally

It's 5:31 AM and I'm sitting in disbelief, having watched a very solid Slovakian team lay an absolute egg in Sochi--and the Slovenians play wonderful, fantastic hockey en route to a 3-1 win, earned after forty minutes of scoreless hockey and moribund Slovakian showings against a plucky, speedy team, which gave the crazy Slovenian fans at the Bolshoy Ice Dome all sorts of reasons to cheer

For Red Wings fans, watching Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco play dominant hockey is fine and all, but Tatar and Jurco were by far the best players on team that was made mincemeat by a line of Anze Kopitar (1 goal, 5 shots, and Slovenia's only NHL representative) and current KHL'er Jan Mursak, and at the other end of the ice, Robert Kristan stopped 27 of 28 shots--Jurco's shutout-spoiler came with only 18 seconds left in regulation--while Zdeno Chara looked all alone on defense and Jaroslav Halak was just as shaky as St. Louis Blues fans feared he'd be at the Olympics.

The Slovakians never seemed to recover after Tomas Kopecky left the game in the 3rd period thanks to an inadvertent elbow to the head, as the AP's Larry Lage noted...

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Video- Tomas Tatar With The Possible Goal Of The Night

Dallas defenseman had Tatar lined-up, at least he thought he did...



added 9:48pm, Dallas broadcast of the goal below...

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News from the Farm: 11/29/10

A loooooong holiday weekend (and what I call “The Griswold Effect”) put yours truly in quite the tizzy and delayed last week’s look at the Southeast Division’s AHL affiliates off until late last night. (It also completely stymied my intended follow-up to Saturday morning’s piece about the Washington Capitals 6-0 drubbing of the Tampa Bay Lightning being a sobering dose of reality for the Bolts, which was to be about the dissatisfaction of Saturday night’s shootout loss to Florida. Oh well… Moving on…)

The latest episode of The Bolts Beat podcast will post this evening, so keep your eyes peeled for that. (I’m back in studio this week and ready to blast a few people.)

Lots to catch up on from the American League last week (including a wild, 10-8 game between Grand Rapids and Chicago, which is worth at least a look at the box score for Tomas Tatar’s 7-point showing), so let’s get right to it:

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The State of Hockey in Slovakia

Despite tempered expectations, Slovakia garnered a fourth place finish at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. In spite of an aging core roster of players, Slovakia was able to retain it’s Elite Seven status, while upsetting the number one ranked team; Russia, and eliminating the number three ranked team and defending Olympic Gold Medalists; Sweden.

Since the split of Czechoslovakia into two distinct nation states in 1993, Slovakia slowly saw their stock on the ice rise, culminating in a IIHF World Championship in 2002. However, since then the Slovaks have found themselves in a similar quandary that Team USA did for the better part of the last decade; the increasing age of their elite players and management’s inability to find suitable replacements for the old guard. However, unlike the States, Slovakia does not have the depth of coaching and player development programs which has spawned a new generation of talent Stateside.

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