Feb 17, 2013; St. Paul, MN, USA; Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Tatar (21) against the Minnesota Wild at the Xcel Energy Center. The Wild defeated the Red Wings 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Tomas Tatar Deserves Spot On Big Club

If Mikael Samuelsson makes the Red Wings and Tomas Tatar gets cut I will:

A. Blow a gasket.

B. Blow my top.

C. Blow my socks off.

D. Blow chunks.

If you answered all the above. You’re right. Congratulations.

Basically, if Tatar gets cut that would totally blow.

Everybody knows that Detroit has an abundance of talent up front, and they will all be fighting for limited positions during camp.  The competition for forward spots is bound to be a fierce and intriguing battle…something straight out of a Steven Seagal action sequence.

Speculation is that names such as: Todd Bertuzzi, Mikael Samuelsson, Patrick Eaves, Jordin Tootoo, Gustav Nyquist, and Tomas Tatar are all potential Red Wings who are on the bubble for making the club.

First off, let me say that Gustav Nyquist’s name should not even be in this conversation. I don’t give two you know whats if he can be sent down to Grand Rapids without having to clear waivers, the guy is too good of a hockey player to be playing for the Wings’ AHL affiliate.

If I even need to explain why he should be on this team than you’re already more of a lost cause than I thought you were.  Anybody who thinks Nyquist should be playing for the Griffins this season needs to take a walk.

Now, on to the matter at hand: Mr. Tatar.  Unlike Nyquist, Tatar cannot be sent down to Grand Rapids without having to clear waivers first.  So, if the Wings do not include him in their top 14 forwards Tatar is as good as gone because he will not clear waivers.

For those of you who believe Tatar is expendable let me remind you this is a player who won the AHL MVP during the Griffins run to the Calder Cup title.  Tatar is a 22-year-old who has the skillset to be a very productive player for the Wings for the next 15 years.

If Detroit chooses to risk losing Tatar in favor of a veteran like Bertuzzi or Samuelsson I believe they would be making a huge mistake.

Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It’s most likely that this would be Bert and Sammy’s last season with the Red Wings anyway.  So, I don’t think it makes any sense to keep them over a young talented player who will play for this team until 2030.

I like Eaves, but, if you’re asking me Tatar has a lot more upside. As for Tootoo, the writing is on the wall for Jordin to be moved sooner rather than later.

If veteran leadership is your reasoning for keeping Bertuzzi than spare me.  Datsyuk, Zetterberg, Kronwall, Cleary, and Alfredsson have that front covered already.

Shootouts you say? Personally I think Tatar would be pretty solid in that category as well so take that.

What the Wings need is another injection of a youthful, gifted, offensive talent like Tomas Tatar.  This is a guy who has been a proven performer at every level and who is seemingly always in the right place at the right time on the ice.

I’m going to channel my inner Lanny Poffo and express how I would handle this situation the only way I know how… through poetry.

Past Their Prime

Bertuzzi and Samuelsson it’s time to clear out your locker,

You’re over the hill, and when you’re hurt it is no real shocker,

Todd has low back pain and Mikael’s groin is weak,

Trading both of you is something the Wings should seek,

Tatar take Samuelsson’s stall there’s plenty of room for your sticks,

So long Bert and Sammy, we got new blood now, time to hit the bricks.

Do you want Tomas Tatar on the Wings this season?

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