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Las Vegas–The Vegas Golden Knights made a deadline acquisition move by acquiring forward Tomas Tatar from the Detroit Red Wings.
This move comes in light that the Golden Knights came up short in acquiring two time Norris Trophy Winner Erik Karlsson from Ottawa.
According to TSN’s Resident Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie that the Golden Knights were the last team in as the hardest as he mentioned on getting Karlsson from the Ottawa Senators but was unable to close the deal.
VGK was the team in the hardest on Erik Karlsson in the final hour but did not get a deal done with OTT.
— Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) February 26, 2018
With the Tatar acquisition, Golden Knights had to give up their 1st rounder for this year’s 2018 draft along with a 2nd for 2019, and a 3rd for 2021 draft year as mentioned by Pierr LeBrun of TSN.
Tatar to Vegas for a 1st this year, 2nd next year and a 3rd in 2021.
— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) February 26, 2018
This season with the Detroit Red Wings, Tatar netted 16 goals, tallied 12 assists for 28 points and was a -8. Being with the Golden Knights, Tatar’s plus/minus could improve being on a line with Alex Tuch and Cody Eakin. Both players are a combined +1 with 18 goals, 29 points and 37 points.
Tatar has had three seasons is his NHL career where he has scored 20 goals or more with a high of 29 back in the 2014-15 campaign.
This was not a deadline rental move by McPhee as the Golden Knights are on the hook for the next three season’s after this one in paying Tatar $5.3 mil per year salary. He also has a NTC kicks in for the 2018-19 campaign.
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He was originally selected by the Detroit Red Wings back in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at 60th overall.
With Tatar as the newest member of the Golden Knights, he becomes the third Tomas in organization along with Tomas Nosek and Tomas Hyka.
— The Vegas Roundtable (@VegasKOTR) February 26, 2018