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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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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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