The Detroit Red Wings rewarded one of the members of their young nucleus as Tomas Tatar received a new three-year contract from the club on Monday.
Tatar, 23, is coming off a 19-goal season that saw the forward score 39 points in 73 games this season as the former 2009 second round pick looked like a future star for the Red Wings. His 39 points ranked sixth on the team.
According to Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press, Tatar’s deal comes with a $2.75 million annual average, which will still have Tatar as a restricted free agent when the deal expires, giving the Red Wings a very friendly deal to lock up the budding forward who could be an integral part of the team for the next decade.
The 5-foot-10, 186-lb. Tatar finished second on the team in goals and helped the team advance to the playoffs and extend their streak to 23 consecutive postseason berths with stars like Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg missing extended action.
Tatar also finished third on the team with a plus-12 rating, was tied for fourth with his three game-winning goals and led the team with 158 shots and three shootout goals.
With Tatar and Gustav Nyquist, among others, the Red Wings have the foundation for the next wave of young talent to take the ice in Hockeytown and try to extend that postseason streak for the next few years.
What do you make of the new three-year deal given to Tatar, did the Red Wings get a good deal?