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Red Wings hesitant about long term deal with Tatar
Wednesday Jul 12, 2017 12:00am

(DETROIT) - As the Detroit Red Wings work on re-signing restricted free agent Tomas Tatar, long-term deals keep popping up on the landscape. A one-year contract may make more sense, even as it increases the chance of Tatar’s tenure with the Wings ending. Tatar is going to command in the range of $5 million annually; it’s the length of the contract that is the crux of negotiations. The Wings have offered as much as five years. Tatar’s side is looking for a deal in the range of seven years. If the Wings and Tatar’s agent, Ritch Winter, can’t work out a deal, they will go before an arbitrator July 20. Arbitration would result in a one year contract, because Tatar is a year removed from unrestricted free agency. The 26 year old is coming off a season when he produced 25 goals among 46 points in 82 games. Tatar has put in three straight 20-goal seasons. Only 30 players in the NHL have scored more goals in the past three seasons than Tatar’s 75 goals. The sides can continue to talk as they await arbitration. Tatar has been a productive player, but the Wings are operating under the constraints of several longer-term deals. Next summer will see rising stars Dylan Larkin and Anthony Mantha reach restricted free agency, along with Tyler Bertuzzi.

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