Unrestricted free agent Tomas Tatar said he talked to the Pittsburgh Penguins, but it’s not known whether he is in serious negotiations with the team. GM Kyle Dubas is keeping a lid on his personnel contemplation. Detroit Red Wings fan understand how that works.
There is some logic to the Penguins being interested in Tatar: He boasts seven seasons of 20+ goals in his 11 NHL seasons.
But Pittsburgh Hockey Now’s Dave Molinari looks at the pros and cons of the Penguins’ signing Tatar. The first issue is whether they can afford him. Tatar had a $4.5 million cap hit on his last contract, and a $3.2 million base salary last season. But even if Tatar accepted a one year deal for $1.6 million it wouldn’t be easy. The Penguins are currently very close to the salary cap ceiling.
If the Penguins sign Tatar, would it cost them the ability to keep a valuable role player? Tatar’s defensive ability is not his strong suit.
Red Wings Offseason
Initial reports say Axel Sandin Pellikka is receiving power play time for the SHL team Skelleftea in the preseason.
Sounds like Sandin Pellikka is getting a top powerplay opportunity when Skellefteå starts their preseason.
In practice he was on the #1 unit together with fellow RHD Pudas (SHL D-man of the year the past two seasons) ahead of thursday’s preseason opener.https://t.co/riHS28V6mh
— IcehockeyGifs (@IcehockeyG) August 15, 2023
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- Larry Murphy: Red Wings expect to qualify for the playoffs this season.
- NHL Prospects Tournament scheduled for Sept. 14-17. Field down to four teams.
- Marco Kasper knows the score when it comes to earning a spot on the Detroit Red Wings roster.
- Simon Edvinsson and Kasper are the only two Red Wings on the NHL Network top prospect list.
Hockey Now Network
Buffalo: Mike Augello looks at the NHL potential of prospect Ethan Miedema to end up with the Buffalo Sabres.
Chicago: Is Reichel-Bedard-Nazar a Chicago Blackhawks‘ line of the future? Nate Brown discusses.
Florida: Colby Guy writes about whether Gus Forsling is ready to be a key player for the Florida Panthers.
Philadelphia: Chuck Bausman looks at the ramifications of the IIHF Ivan Fedotov ruling, Philadelphia Flyers.
San Jose: Coach David Quinn and San Jose Sharks players talk about loss of Erik Karlsson to their roster.