DETROIT - Tomas Tatar wants more money than the Detroit Red Wings will offer him.
That's according to NHL insider Elliotte Friedman, who tweeted Tuesday morning Tatar is asking for $5.3 million a year while the Red Wings are offering just $4.1 million.
Tatar (DET): Club offer is $4.1M. Player ask is $5.3M — Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 18, 2017
Tatar is a restricted free agent who has filed for arbitration. He will have a hearing with the Red Wings sometime between July 20 and Aug. 4 during which both sides will argue for what kind of salary Tatar should have heading into the 2017-18 season. Contract negotiations can continue leading up to the hearing.
Of course, the hearing can be avoided if the two parties reach a deal beforehand.
Tatar led Red Wings in goals
Tatar, 26, led the Red Wings in goals this past season with 25 in 82 games played. He's scored at least 20 goals in the past three seasons -- he scored 29 goals in 2014-15. Wingers who score like this are making at least $3 million a year in the NHL. Tatar is expected to seek a long-term contract worth between $3-$5 million a season.
However, the Red Wings could decide to offer him a one-year deal with plans to trade him before the deadline.
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