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Wings GM: ‘Tomas Tatar will be one of 14 forwards left standing’

Sep 15, 2013, 2:49 PM EDT

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It would’ve been easy for Detroit Red Wings 22-year-old forward Tomas Tatar to be discouraged coming into training camp this year. After the team signed Daniel Alfredsson and brought back Dan Cleary, things are a bit crowded at forward for the team.

He might breathe a little easier today.

Red Wings GM Ken Holland told reporters today things are looking very up for the young Slovak.

“Tomas Tatar will be one of 14 forwards left standing,” he said.

Tatar is one of 16 forwards vying to make the team out of camp and reports earlier in the week had him feeling frustrated over the amount of competition, as’s Ansar Khan reported.

After seeing the way he and Gustav Nyquist broke out last season (four goals, three assists in 18 games), it’s understandable why they could be frustrated about possibly having to go back to the AHL again this year.

As for now, it looks like Tatar is sticking around and the question shifts to who out of the 16 could be headed out of town.

  1. LampyB - Sep 15, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I really hope both Tatar and Nyquist make the full time cut. Both are awesome to watch, and will make a big impact in the lineup.

  2. zdeb93 - Sep 15, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Eaves, Emmerton and Tootoo are all expendable (around $3.6M in cap combined), Sammy and Bert could be on the block but I doubt they’ll waive their NTCs

    • phillyphanatic77 - Sep 15, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      But will they find any takers? None of those names jump out as players that opposing GMs would be in a hurry to trade for.

      • hubeydubeydoo11 - Sep 15, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Eaves and Emmerton are great PK guys. Any team with a struggling PK should be interested in them a little bit at least

      • hockeydon10 - Sep 15, 2013 at 9:27 PM

        All three are great energy guys. Eaves and Emmerton have very friendly cap numbers (1.2 and .533 respectively) for what they bring.

        It’s especially surprising that Tootoo hasn’t been traded yet. Big time energy guy, good wheels, a lot of grit, will fight to protect teammates. When that report came out of Edmonton that they’re looking for someone that can fight, Tootoo immediately sprang to mind.

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