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The Tatar Backup Plan


Lev Prague bought the KHL rights to Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar as an investment in the future rather than with short-term plans in mind, Lev general manager Normunds Sejejs told R-Sport on Thursday.

With nine games for the Red Wings since signing in 2009, Tatar has previously hinted he will look to Europe if he fails to break into the Detroit roster.

Lev traded its first-round draft picks for the next two seasons to SKA St. Petersburg last week in return for Tatar’s rights and goaltender Jakub Stepanek.

KHL rules on lockout signings prevent a team having more than three NHLers on the roster and Lev has reached the limit, meaning Tatar cannot move yet.

“We can’t use him right now. Maybe we buy the rights for the future,” Sejejs said.


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HockeytownOverhaul's avatar

This is one thing that burns me is Tatar will listen to the offers now.  When he scored that first goal he was ALL about Red Wing pride, grabbing the crest of his jersey, proud he scored for his team, not himself.  Now he’s contemplating leaving 2 years later.  Kenny Holland’s little secret is that, even if some AHLers ARE ready, since he doesn’t want to lose them because of cap restrictions and depending on how good they are/get, he’d rather stagger them into the NHL.  Same reason Smith never got a real shot with Lidas.  Feel like this stifles growth, might even create a little resentment when they see the Wings signing players like Samuelsson and you can’t get a whiff even though you’re putting up numbers.

They’ll hang onto guys like Emmerton forsake guys like Mursak and Tatar.  I think it’s funny Mursak goes to another team and he’s doing better on a worse team than other NHLers in his league (thanks KK member for that update).  Z goes to another team and “is a man possessed”.  Illari is outpacing Valtteri on Jokerit and I don’t even think he got one cup of coffee with the Wings when he was with the Griffins.  We’re keeping guys like Bert in the top 6 when a younger guy would love a crack on that shot.  But you’ve got to be a scorer as a grinder to get a promotion, with 10 mins of icetime with other grinders.  I don’t think Bert could given his marginal output with the greatest player in the world centering him.

But none of this matters because there’s no hockey in sight.  eh.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 11/01/12 at 01:35 PM ET

detroitredwings's avatar

HockeytownOverhaul, very good point indeed. I think Mike Babcock is to be equally held responsible for that, not just our GM.

Posted by detroitredwings on 11/01/12 at 01:54 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

We’re keeping guys like Bert in the top 6 when a younger guy would love a crack on that shot.

Some of your assertions are a bit over the top, HTO, but the one above is right on the mark. It would have been somewhat understandable for the Wings to sign Bert to a one-year contract. But two years? That was just a slap in the face to guys like Nyquist, Tatar and Andersson.

It’s cute to hear Kenny talk about only promoting players from the AHL when they’re “over-ripe.” But the success of most of the “not-quite-ripe” players this year shows that concept may not be the most far-sighted approach.

Hell, we gave up a first-round pick last winter to get back Quincey after letting him go on waivers in order to keep an “NHL player” like Lebda. Maybe the concept should be that the Wings bring up (and keep) players when they’re “ripe” – not when they’re “over-ripe.”

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 11/02/12 at 12:38 AM ET

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