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Tomas Tatar Now A Member Of The New Jersey Devils

Newark, NJ - The New Jersey Devils today signed unrestricted free-agent forward Tomas Tatar to a two-year contract worth $9,000,000 with an average annual value of $4,500,000. The breakdown is as follows: 2021-22, $3,750,000 and 2022-23, $5,250,000. The announcement was made by New Jersey Devils Executive Vice President/General Manager Tom Fitzgerald.

Tatar, 30, spent the last three season, 2018-19 to 2020-21, with the Montreal Canadiens. Last year, he scored 30 points (10g-20a) in 50 games, ranking third amongst the club's forwards. The two previous seasons he finished first (2019-20, 22g-39a-61pts) and second (2018-19, 25g-33a-58pts) in scoring for the Canadiens. In 625 career NHL regular-season games over 10 seasons with Detroit, Vegas and Montreal, Tatar has recorded 176 goals and 201 assists for 377 points (.60 ppg) and 224 penalty minutes. Coming into the abbreviated 2020-21 season, Tatar had seven straight years of 19 or more goals (the last six of which were 20-plus). He's finished top four amongst forwards on his team in points scored in six of the last seven campaigns and top three in five of those years. Tatar has posted eight-plus power-play points in each of the last seven seasons with a career high of 19 in 2014-15. He's added six goals and six assists in 40 Stanley Cup Playoff contests.

Born on December 1, 1990, the native of Ilava, Slovakia was Detroit's second-round selection, 60th overall, in the 2009 NHL Draft. Tomas spent four seasons with Grand Rapids (AHL) in the Red Wings system before becoming a full-time NHLer. In 2012-13, the Griffins won the Calder Cup and Tatar earned the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as AHL Playoffs MVP with a league-leading 16 goals. Before coming to North America, the 30-year old spent time in the HK Dukla Trencin and HK Dubnica programs in Slovakia.

Tatar has represented his home country in international play, participating at the U-20 World Junior Championship (WJC) in 2009 & 2010, the IIHF World Championship in 2010, 2012 (silver medal), 2014, 2015 and 2019 (alternate captain), the 2014 Olympic Winter Games and 2016 World Cup of Hockey (runner-up with Team Europe).

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That’s alot of dough for a guy who only plays regular season games!

Posted by pnwwing on 08/05/21 at 01:49 PM ET


One of my favorite ex-Wings,  good luck Tartar sauce!

Posted by MikeO on 08/05/21 at 02:14 PM ET


Devils have a busy off season

Posted by VPalmer on 08/05/21 at 02:17 PM ET


Paul posted this before game 6 with the leafs… http://kuklaskorner.com/A2Y/comments/would-you-welcome-tomas-tatar-back-to-detroit
It’s about how much Tatar was cherishing every shift with Danault and Gallagher.

After this article in the Montreal Gazette, Tatar was a healthy scratch according to TSN

And as far as I know, he never suited up for the Habs the rest of their cup run. I wonder what happened behind the scenes?

Posted by Jdunc from Flint, MI on 08/05/21 at 03:03 PM ET


He was one of the Canadiens’ best forwards for the entire three seasons he spent with them.  I was shocked to see he was a healthy scratch in the playoffs. I also wonder what happened behind the scenes.

Posted by MikeO on 08/05/21 at 03:27 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Wow, can’t believe he’s being paid this much, when he was a healthy scratch for two different teams now in the post season.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 08/05/21 at 03:30 PM ET

Royal Grand Exalted PooBah's avatar

Like Mickey says…. Its no place for a nervous person.

Posted by Royal Grand Exalted PooBah from the basement of the Alamo on 08/05/21 at 03:34 PM ET

Down River Dan's avatar

Good for him!! Seems a bit high, but good for him. He won’t be the most egregiously overpaid guy on that team, not with PK taking in $9 mil. this season….

NJ seems to be throwing a lot of dough around, but I’m not sure how competitive they will be…???

Posted by Down River Dan on 08/05/21 at 03:40 PM ET

TreKronor's avatar

As I recall, MTL changed their lineup after the poor start against Toronto and Tatar was the guy who was sat. Once MTL started winning, well, a winning team never changes their lineup.

He was a great Red Wing and I would have welcomed him back in a heartbeat, but I also don’t think he’d have come back. He’s one of those guys I hope gets a cup someday.

Posted by TreKronor on 08/05/21 at 04:21 PM ET


We dodged a bullet here with him
Not coming to the wings.

All he would of done here is help us win an extra 1-2 games and put up another serious roadblock to Raymond and Berggren playing in the big show.

Posted by beantownredwings on 08/05/21 at 07:33 PM ET

Rumbear's avatar

Good on em! 

Always good to see a refugee from the “Jeff Blashill School of How to Lose at Hockey with Poise, Grace AND Style” actually have a NHL career!

The alumni list grows longer every year!

Posted by Rumbear from Top O the Hasek, sing along The YzerMan Can!...... on 08/05/21 at 10:39 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

I do not think Tatar got overpaid at all. His stats and fancy stats are pretty damn good. He seems like a good leader and great in the locker room.

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 08/06/21 at 09:46 AM ET


Wow, can’t believe he’s being paid this much, when he was a healthy scratch for two different teams now in the post season.

For many teams (like Devils) the first step is to get to the playoffs and Tatar will certainly help.

Posted by VPalmer on 08/06/21 at 10:01 AM ET

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