pov it’s september and you remember that tomas tatar still doesn’t have a contract pic.twitter.com/4iqI9l6uqo
– kyleigh (@njdkyleigh) September 1, 2023
At least, the big names available on the market don’t remain without a contract for weeks.
It’s very rare for that to happen.
They still don’t have a contract, even though the next season is fast approaching.
This season, it’s the case of former Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Tatar.
Is he really considering the various offers he’s received since the beginning?
NHL players generally like to have job security so they know where they’ll be living for the next year, so they don’t waste too much time deciding between different offers/teams.
In short, if you’d told me when the free-agent market opened on July 1 that Tomas Tatar still wouldn’t have signed a contract by September 3, I wouldn’t have believed you.
It’s really quite bizarre, because in all honesty, Tatar is a solid field hockey player to have on your team.
He’s not the player who’s going to stand out the most, but on a third trio, even a second one, Tatar is an excellent option.
Still waiting for the Tomas Tatar deal to happen. I mean someone’s gunna get an absolute bargain on this man. pic.twitter.com/IE7JcL1aEm
– Puckmarks (@puckmarks) September 1, 2023
We’re getting closer and closer to the possibility of Tatar only receiving a professional tryout, as was the case with Mike Hoffman with the St. Louis Blues two years ago.
TOMAS TATAR IS STILL A FREE AGENT https://t.co/d3KNqRQjr0
– James Finch 🏒⚾️ (@J_Finchy1) August 29, 2023
– NHL Network (@NHLNetwork) August 25, 2023
So what’s the problem with Tatar?
Well, as we all noted in Montreal, it’s the Slovak’s playoff performances that leave a lot to be desired.
Indeed, with the Habs, Tatar was one of the club’s best forwards during the season, and therefore one of those on whom the CH relied the most in terms of offensive production.
Clearly not enough for a guy who was considered one of the club’s best strikers.
So, it’s understandable that playoff performances surely scare NHL teams, who decide not to take a chance on the Slovak winger.
Competitive teams don’t want a player who disappears in the playoffs, on the contrary.
In short, Tatar is likely to sign a contract, or rather a professional tryout, with a team that doesn’t necessarily aspire to the playoffs.
I’m talking about 38-year-old goaltender Jaroslav Halak.
If he doesn’t get an offer, Halak could possibly retire.
In a gust
– Summary of the week with the CH.
This week’s top #GoHabsGo stories:
– Trading prospects.
– Juraj Slafkovsky needs more ice time.
– The Montreal Canadiens’ most common trade partners.
– Three questions facing the Habs.
– Marc Dumont (@MarcPDumont) September 3, 2023
– He’ll be one to watch this season for the Leafs.
Matthew Knies in his first-ever playoff run:
– 1 Goal
– 3 Assists (all primary)
– 4 Points (all at 5v5)
– 7 Shots
– 15 Shot Attempts
– +1 Takeaway Differential
– 15 Hits
– 59.51 5v5 xGF%
– Lead Rookies in 5v5 P/60
Unreal production from a 6’3, 210lbs, 20-year-old. pic.twitter.com/9WyN7qIWA5
– Big Head Hockey (@BigHeadHcky) September 3, 2023
– That’s a good one.
“I just don’t know what to think. I play in Colorado, they tell me they like me, and I get traded. I play in Calgary, and at the end of the season the GM tells me he likes me, and I get traded. I just hope my fiancee doesn’t tell me she likes me.”
Chris Drury, after a 2003 trade
– Jen (@NHLhistorygirl) September 3, 2023
– Read more.
NFL | The state of the forces (Part 1) https://t.co/KFXAoQI9oA
– La Presse Sports (@LaPresse_Sports) September 3, 2023