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Red Wings mid-day news: Tatar talks contract turkey, the Wings’ NBCSN sked and more rink talk

Amongst today's Red Wings-related news stories:

Via TMR reader Stephan Held, Tomas Tatar spoke with "Plus One Day's" Marian Korbel, and after a decent string of Slovak press stories saying, "ZOMG Tatar hasn't been re-signed yet what will happen?" Tatar cleared the air regarding his contract negotiations with the Wings. What follows is very roughly translated:

Tomas, what's the current situation in terms of your future overseas?

"For some time, together with my agent, we've been negotiating a new contract with Detroit. But it's not easy; it's a business, and both sides want to have the best conditions."

Do you already have a specific proposal on the table?

"Yes, I have three options. The team's offered me two, three and five-year contracts. Of course the offers have other financial circumstances."

Which one of the alternatives do you prefer?

"It looks like I'll sign a two or three-year contract. We're close to an agreement, but a few things need to be resolved."

Do you have a red line deadline, or do you have some time to think?

"No, we're not in a rush. It doesn't matter whether I'll sign today or in two weeks."

Why?

"Detroit has my rights until I'm 27, so I can't negotiate with any other NHL team, so I have time" (Tatar says, and laughs).

But could it possibly happen that Detroit would sign you to a new contract and then let you go?

"It might. Especially because hockey and the NHL are a big business. But I don't think that will happen."

Now what are you doing?

"I'm recovering from a short weekend trip to Croatia, but I'm training fully and preparing for the new season."

In the "For Further Reading" department, Championat's Alexander Rozhkov reports that Pavel Datsyuk's second hockey school, which is taking place in Yekaterinburg, is already underway this week, and he states that the media-vs-Datsyuk-and-coaches game that was held at Datsyuk's Moscow-area hockey school went well.

According to Rozhkov, Datsyuk and the coaches decided to make the game a no-contact affair and they used a floor hockey ball as none of the coaches had shin guards (and Datsyuk took a bit of a spill earlier that day, but was fine), but the coaches raced out to 3-0 and 4-1 leads before letting up a bit and winning 6-3.

 

 

 

Back over on this side of the Atlantic, NBC Sports released its 2014-2015 regular season broadcast schedule, and it's never clear whether games are "NBCSN exclusives" this early on, but the Wings' NBCSN appearances and possible NBC appearances will include 13 appearances in total--make it 15, via the Detroit News:

Wed Oct 15, 2014 Boston vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game

Wed Oct 29, 2014 Detroit @ Washington at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game

Wed Nov 5, 2014 Detroit @ NY Rangers at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game

Wed Nov 26, 2014  Philadelphia vs. Detroit at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game

Wed Dec 10, 2014 Toronto vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game

Mon Dec 29, 2014 Detroit @ Boston at 7:00 PM ET on NBCSN

Sun Jan 18, 2015 Buffalo vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN

Thu Feb 5, 2015 Detroit @ Colorado at 9:00 PM ET on NBCSN

Wed Feb 11, 2015 Detroit @ Pittsburgh at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game

Wed Feb 18, 2015 Detroit @ Chicago at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" game

Wed Mar 4, 2015 NY Rangers vs. Detroit at 8:00 PM ET on NBCSN <--"Rivalry Night" Game

Sunday March 8 2015 Detroit @ Boston at 7:30 PM ET on NBC or NBCSN <--This game might be on NBC and might be on NBCSN

Sun Mar 15, 2015 Detroit @ Pittsburgh at 7:30 PM ET on NBC or NBCSN <--Ditto

Sun Mar 22, 2015 St. Louis vs. Detroit at 12:30 PM ET on NBC

Thu Apr 2, 2015 Boston vs. Detroit at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN

 

 

 

If you're interested in an at-large opinion, MLive's Joe Lapointe suggests that the Pistons should move downtown to share the Red Wings' follow-on rink, difficult logistics included:

Q – Should the Ilitches entice the Pistons to come, would basketball fans follow them back to Wayne County?

A – Probably. Suburbanites support the other three teams downtown already and there's plenty of crossover among those groups. If they feel safe, they'll come, especially to see a winner.

Q – What would happen to the Palace?

A – A concert venue, perhaps?

That's where the concept doesn't hold water to me. I don't see the Ilitches building this new facility for sports alone--without a separate practice facility for the Wings or Pistons anywhere nearby to avoid, "The court's on the ice, I mean the ice is on the court" conflicts--and the non-hockey events are huge moneymakers...

Q – What about Joe Louis Arena?

A – Knock it down, the sooner the better. Sell the seats as souvenirs and develop a valuable piece of riverfront real estate next to expanding Cobo Center.

That's part of the rink deal...

Q – What should they name the new building?

A – Joe Louis Arena II, although most new places sell naming rights to financial corporations.

Ha ha ha no, it's going to be corporately-named, that's a fact...

Q – Don't people care anymore about traditions in sports buildings?

A – Joe Louis was shabby the day it opened in 1979 and is deteriorating. The Pontiac Silverdome, opened in 1975, is in ruins. Some buildings change names every few years. The Atlanta Braves, in Turner Field only since the 1996 Olympics, have announced plans to move to the suburbs. There aren't many Fenway Parks anymore.

Huh? Tradition = no new rink needed? I understand that Joe's relatively "new" to the beat since he returned from the New York Times, but methinks he hasn't drank two beers in the first period and then had to use the restroom during the first intermission, finding himself waiting in line until halfway through the second period as a result...

 

 

 

And finally, two not-so-little birdies Tweeted these Wings job opportunities out earlier this morning:

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alwaysaurie's avatar

“The team’s offered me two, three and five-year contracts.” - Tomas Tatar

Good to see. I think Tatar is wise to bet on himself increasing his worth & shunning a 5 year deal, but it’s nice the club offered a 5-year deal in case that was preferable for him.

Very nice to see the DRW on Rivalry-Night 5 times in 9 weeks. (No sarcasm here, I see nothing wrong with calling both traditional rivalries & intra-division games “rivalries” ... well, nothing wrong that I don’t usually see in marketing that is.) I must admit, however, that I’m a little bummed neither of the DET/CHI games are scheduled.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/22/14 at 11:06 AM ET

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A – Knock it down, the sooner the better. Sell the seats as souvenirs and develop a valuable piece of riverfront real estate next to expanding Cobo Center.

My question is who’s going to buy a trough? tongue wink

Posted by sethta on 07/22/14 at 11:20 AM ET

J.J. from Kansas's avatar

I like those answers from Tatar.  I wonder how close they are on money.  I’m betting the 5-year option wasn’t particularly close to what Tatar could REALLY earn over the next five years, since he’ll make UFA in that timeframe.

now if only there were some reporters in Danny DeKeyser’s homeland that would ask him the same things wink

Posted by J.J. from Kansas on 07/22/14 at 11:36 AM ET

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Wed Feb 18, 2015 Detroit @ Chicago at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <—“Rivalry Night” game

Very nice to see the DRW on Rivalry-Night 5 times in 9 weeks. (No sarcasm here, I see nothing wrong with calling both traditional rivalries & intra-division games “rivalries” ... well, nothing wrong that I don’t usually see in marketing that is.) I must admit, however, that I’m a little bummed neither of the DET/CHI games are scheduled.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/22/14 at 12:06 PM ET

I don’t really have that big a deal with the “Rivalry Night” game marketing, except that they have done little to avoid overuse or stretching the truth beyond meaning. For example, the Red Wings played and swept the Flyers and Capitals in the 1997 and 1998 Stanley Cup finals, respectively. The teams have no other major history in the last 25+ years. Yet they’re “rivals?” That kind of stuff rubs me the wrong way.

 

Posted by VitoLambruski on 07/22/14 at 11:43 AM ET

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methinks he hasn’t drank two beers in the first period and then had to use the restroom during the first intermission, finding himself waiting in line until halfway through the second period as a result…

 

Take the extra walk up the stairs, and your golden (pun intended). Since they’ve added the 2nd floor bathrooms, I haven’t had a problem getting there and back during a TV timeout, aside from when I bend into the temptation to refill at the Blue Moon stand at the bottom of the stairs.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Holland Hate Hyperbole Town (HHHT) on 07/22/14 at 02:04 PM ET

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Wed Feb 18, 2015 Detroit @ Chicago at 7:30 PM ET on NBCSN <—“Rivalry Night” game

Aha! Thanks for pointing it out, Vito.

Not sure why I missed it, but this brightens my day.

Posted by alwaysaurie on 07/22/14 at 06:32 PM ET

bigfrog's avatar

My question is who’s going to buy a trough?

The City Of Detroit can buy it as a symbol of it’s politicians.

Posted by bigfrog on 07/22/14 at 07:39 PM ET

George Malik's avatar

I’d imagine that the troughs might be more popular than we think among the particularly masculine. “Remember when we had to use these?”

Regarding Tatar, he’s smarter than he’s portrayed to be by the Slovak media. They’ve been real dicks to him this summer—they’ve asked him whether some gal in photos with him is his girlfriend, they’ve played up the no-contract-yet talk (they repeated MLive’s Savage’s “Deals Aren’t Close With DeKeyser Or Tatar” note and freaked out), and while I share about 98% of what I find with you guys, I thought that that kind of coverage (this isn’t TMZ) was just stupid. A 2-or-3-year “bridge” deal might be optimal for both him and the team cap-wise, and knowing that the cap’s supposed to really increase 2 to 3 years from now would allow the team to give him a bigger-than-currently-feasible deal.

He really does live being here and he’s clearly got a smart agent.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/22/14 at 08:04 PM ET

Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit's avatar

Q – What should they name the new building?

A – Joe Louis Arena II, although most new places sell naming rights to financial corporations.

With all due respect to Joe Louis(Barrow), he did not play hockey.

How about, Howe Arena?

Lets Go Red Wings!!!!!

Posted by Kate from PA now in SC-made in Detroit on 07/22/14 at 09:16 PM ET

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I second Howe Arena. Do it soon so he may enjoy it.

Posted by SlimChance on 07/23/14 at 12:24 AM ET

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Isn’t Howe Arena the name of the rink in TC?

Posted by howeandhowe from Seattle on 07/23/14 at 12:28 AM ET

George Malik's avatar

The facility in Traverse City is just Centre Ice Arena. Its respective rinks are “David’s Rink” and the “West Rink.”

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 07/23/14 at 12:31 AM ET

damndog's avatar

Citizens of Detroit should get a say in the name since they are footing a part of the bill.

Posted by damndog from The Eastside of Detroit on 07/23/14 at 01:47 PM ET

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