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The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Tomas Tatar to a three-year deal. Financial terms were not disclosed. Gustav Nyquist got most of the headlines last year, but Tatar actually had a solid season himself, scoring 19 goals and leading the team in shots on goal with 158. In the previous two campaigns with Grand Rapids he totalled more than 200 shots, so you know he likes to shoot the puck.
With that signing, it now gives the Red Wings 14 forwards under contract for next year with Daniel Alfredsson still pondering a return. Ice-time will be at a premium and with all the young talent Detroit has coming through in the forward group, it's really going to push veterans like Stephen Weiss to play up to par.
Speaking of veteran forwards, I thought the Danny Cleary signing was a peculiar one on the Wings' part. He's a 35-year-old that has struggled over the last couple of seasons and it might have made a lot more sense to give his ice-time to one of the youngsters.
The Red Wings now turn their attention to their final RFA, defender Danny DeKeyser, who says a deal will be taken care of before camp. DeKeyser partnered with Kyle Quincey and although not a major point producer, he did grab 116 blocks in just 65 games and led all Detroit defensemen with a plus-10 rating.