The Detroit Red Wings have signed forward Tomas Tatar to a four-year contract worth a reported annual value of $5.3 million. The team made the announcement on Friday.
Tatar and Detroit went through an arbitration hearing in Toronto on Thursday, but a contract was agreed upon regardless. According to reports, the hearing lasted four hours and arbitration was to be locked into a one-year deal.
Detroit offered Tatar $4.1 million, while Tatar was asking for $5.3 million. The arbitrator was expected to land somewhere in the middle between the figures.
Tatar’s side argued that he put up 25 goals last season and was thrice a 20-goal scorer for the Red Wings, while Detroit tabled the argument that his goal-scoring was less than opportune. He had just nine goals at the halfway point of the season and did most of his scoring when the club was out of playoff contention.
His value to the team, therefore, wasn’t so cut and dry.
Going through arbitration is always a bit on the tricky side and it would’ve benefitted both parties to avoid the hearing in Toronto, but such is life. A deal is done now and Tatar got a lot closer to the term he was asking for, while Detroit avoided most of the bad blood that would’ve come out had they drilled him into the arbitrator’s decision.
The 26-year-old had 46 points in 82 games in 2016-2017 and has only missed one game in the last three seasons.
Tatar was selected by Detroit in the second round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and has 194 points in 345 games with the Red Wings. In 17 playoff games, he has seven points.