Tomas Tatar Deserves More Than a Qualifying Offer from Detroit Red Wings

June 10th, 2014 by Matt Hutter Leave a reply »

It is the relatively informed opinion of some that, along with Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar represents a big part of the future core of the Detroit Red Wings.

However, as Nyquist is under contract through next season, Tatar is a restricted free agent and, as such, is due to receive a qualifying offer in the next few weeks.

Extending a qualifying offer would, at minimum, allow the Red Wings to retain his negotiating rights, but is Tatar worth more than this perfunctory gesture?

The speedy forward produced 19 goals, 20 assists and a plus-12 rating in Detroit this past season. Tatar’s tenacity, creativity and naked enthusiasm for the game of ice hockey represent the kind of intangible assets that, coupled with his skill set, present a rare package that could be the envy of teams outside of Detroit.

Indeed, as Bleacher Report’s own Lyle Richardson recently suggested, Tatar could be the target of an offer sheet from a rival NHL team. Though general manager Ken Holland will surely extend a qualifying offer to Tatar in advance of the June 29 deadline, there’s no guarantee that Tatar will ...

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