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by George Malik on 06/23/14 at 01:55 PM ET
I'm still trying to digest, never mind offer a summary of Tomas Jurco's massive interview with Hokej.sk (I love the fact that Jurco recongnizes that it's a "big deal" to be able to afford a car to drive around in the summer in Slovakia and a car to drive in the U.S., and that he feels that shouldn't go to his head), but I suppose I ought to post this now...
And there are times that I really want to bop Tomas Tatar on the head. The Red Wings will re-sign their restricted free agents-to-be (Danny DeKeyser, Riley Sheahan and Tatar) with little fanfare, and there are far more attractive RFA's on the marketplace this summer (please see: PK Subban, a chunk of the Bruins' roster and a chunk of the Rangers' roster), but Tatar talked a little too tough while speaking with Sport.sme.sk's Tomas Prokop.
What follows is a rough translation of Prokop's conversation with Tatar, and it's preceded by Tatar discussing his World Cup loyalties (Germany and also Germany):
Bigger chances with Detroit
The skilled winger will open the next season with an even greater opportunity in Detroit, which decided to not renew the contracts of severalr older players.
"There's definitely a bigger chance now. There's room for a more experienced player or two. I don't think the team will be built just for us [younger players], but there will be more space."
Tatar is waiting for negotiations for a new contract [to begin] in the next few days. The Red Wings retain his rights.
"On Friday we'll begin negotiating a contract. It's tough to talk about it. Detroit's my priority. I'd say that it's 90% that I'll stay there, only if a fantastic offer came from another team, that Detroit didn't want to match."
(The Wings would match anything short of a crazy $6 million offer)
Goal for the season is greater comfort
Tatar doesn't want to walk away from the famous team.
"Everything depends on negotiations. I can't go below the price that a similar player in the league will have earned. But I like the team, and I'll settle there. It's all business, though, and the team could always replace me."
The national team forward wasn't surprised by the performance of Marian Gaborik, whose shot dominated the NHL's playoffs. "Marian is still a great shooter. He's had a little trouble with injuries, but it's not surprising, it shows what a quality player he is. It helped that he had good teammates and that the Kings' offense was stable around him."
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