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#21 titanium2

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Posted 12 January 2011 - 04:42 AM

First NHL goal:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51AaqoDjfhk


Hes got a skill set, coach Mike Babcock said. Hes real intelligent. Hes good with the puck. Hes pretty strong on the puck. Hes going to have to put more pace in his game -- when he gets the puck, hes going too slow right now, but thats all part of becoming a pro and a good pro and playing at this level. Hes going to play in this league, for sure. Just how good a player hes going to be is yet to be determined.

Read more: Red Wings send Tomas Tatar back to minors | freep.com | Detroit Free Press http://www.freep.com...s#ixzz1AoRFSLUL



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Posted 29 March 2011 - 11:08 PM

I found this vid of Tatar's fight back in November, thought you tough guy/enforcer lovers would enjoy...


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Posted 05 April 2011 - 10:43 PM

Just want to point out that Tatar has nearly identical production this season as another guy from his draft year, Nazem Kadri

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 11:16 AM

Any word if Tatar will join the Slovak National Team for the World Championships? I heard he is being considered, but dunno how it works since he is a Black Ace.

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 03:35 PM

Any word if Tatar will join the Slovak National Team for the World Championships? I heard he is being considered, but dunno how it works since he is a Black Ace.


Slovaks just need to ask the Wings permission to use him. If they say yes, he can go, if they refuse, then he can't.
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Posted 21 December 2011 - 12:30 PM

It's unbelieveable to me how much this kid loves to be a part of the Wings organization. I guess that since he lists Steve Yzerman as one of his top favorite players (along with Pavel Bure and Marty St. Louis) that we can thank Stevie for sewing those early seeds of Tatar's passion for the Wings.

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 05:46 AM



Talking with: Tomas Tatar
http://detroitsports...th-tomas-tatar/

RB: What was it like coming over from Slovakia as an 18-year-old to play in North America?

TT: It was kinda tough, you know? I didnt really speak English at that time. The hockey style is kinda different back in Europe, and back in Slovakia you know? It was kinda tough to start the league here. I started the season kinda earlier because I started with Slovakian team that year. It was kind of a tough change. But I made it and Im happy and Im glad I did it that early.

RB: What was the biggest difference for you coming over to play in North America?

TT: The ice rink is kinda smaller than Europe and the game is way more physical, and Im not sure if I wasnt 100 per cent ready for the league. My weight wasnt that high and I wasnt that strong at that time, so it was really tough. It wasnt that bad, but if I had known I was going to start in the AHL I would have been way more prepared.

RB: Do you think it was better for you to start in the AHL or would you have been better off to wait until you were 20?

TT: Im not sure, because I already started playing with men since I was 17. Im not sure if it would have been better for me to go back to juniors here. When I came here I was prepared to play with men.

RB: Playing against the men in Slovakia, was the qualit of play better here or there?

TT: Its pretty much same, I was just 17 years old and I wasnt really that strong like the guys there so I had to learn to play with the stronger guys. When I came over here, I was kinda ready for that too, but I think the guys here are a little bit stronger than back home, because you know everyone wants to be playing in the NHL. The level there is pretty high so everyone has to be 100 per cent ready for that.

RB: What was your first culture shock in North America?

TT: The English. The language barrier was kind of a big thing for me at that time, because even if I get called up I didnt really know what to do, how to get into Detroit, and all this stuff, you know? So I was kinda of afraid of what could happen to me, so that was the biggest difference for me.

RB: It seems like your English has improved a lot since you were a rookie. How did you work on it?

TT: You just pick it up because you have to.You watch TV, you listen to guys in the locker room, you just pick it up, the words. You try your best when they talk, you just cant be shy, you cant be afraid to say something even if you screw it up. You have to be confident. Guys will have to respect youre still learning. When they laugh, you have to be fine with that. Sometimes they laugh when you screw up the words, so its normal.

RB: Can you tell me about a funny time when you screwed up the words?

TT: I have so many, I cant pick just one. It still happens sometimes. The best thing is I have real good teammates here, so the guys correct me when I say something bad, so I can learn.

RB: Which of your teammates helped you the most?

TT: From the older guys who were with me for three years in Grand Rapids, Doug Janik. I think Brendan Smith, I sit second year beside him in the locker room.

RB: Do you live by yourself?

TT: I do, Id like to maybe live with somebody else too, but I have lots of visitors come visit me too. Sometimes I still like to be by myself and get to relax, but there are parts of the season when I have teammates with me too.

RB: Does your family ever visit from Slovakia?

TT: I have two older brothers who visit me, last year and this year.

RB: What do you do in Grand Rapids for fun?

TT: The city is great, theres lots of stuff to do here. We usually go to the cinema or just hang out with the guys. Its a nice city, when somebody comes visit here you can show them the downtown because its pretty nice.

RB: How has your role developed with the Griffins?

TT: Im really happy to be here because our coach Curt Fraser gave me a lot of opportunity to show my game here. I have a lot of ice time. When I first came over I was not as good in the games, right now Im way more confident. Im in a lot of important situations on the ice so I can make the game different.

RB: Do you have a different role in Detroit?

TT: Theres a different role in Detroit. The first three lines are really high skilled, so of course I have to start on the fourth line, and I respect that.When I get the chance to be there Im usually with the fourth line guys, so my role is not to produce points or make some good plays, my role is hitting some people, bring some energy to the team and holding the puck. Get the puck out from the zone, this is my role in Detroit.

RB: Even if your role is not to score in Detroit, you know you are able to, and you scored in your first game.

TT: Yeah, its kinda nice. Thats an extra thing the coach can be happy about, but you gotta make sure you do what the coach asks you for. When you score thats something extra and I think theyre really happy when you do the extra.

RB: Today is the third trade deadline youve gone through since the draft. Is it a nervous feeling?

TT: Im following it a lot, probably this year the most. Last year, I wasnt really paying attention. You never know, youve only played a few games in the NHL so Detroit might have to give up some prospects. Theres nothing going on right now compared to last year.

RB: Are you in communication with Holland about how youre doing in Grand Rapids?

TT: Yeah, this is what I like about Detroit. They go to a lot of farm team games. When you play good and deserve to get called up, they know. You just gotta play good and Im sure youll get rewarded for that.

RB: Ive been told you heard that the fans call you The Sauce.

TT: I like fun, Im good with that. Im glad I have fans that try to connect with me in this way. I like it, I even laughed at that, its great.

RB: How did you hear about it?

TT: At training camp, when I walked out from the rink there were big signs that were like Go Sauce! so I really laughed about it.

RB: Could you describe your playing style?

TT: I think my style is I can make some plays for the other guys and when I have a chance I am able to score goals. Im kind of a guy who makes some points and try to help the team through scoring or passing.

RB: Do you have a goal for when you want to play for the Wings?

TT: Everybody is hoping, every players dream is to get there as fast as he can. I hope its going to be soon, I try to work my best to do that. I can still be stronger, I can still be a faster skater, so I can work on that right now but I hope soon Im going to make the team.

RB: Is there a player on the Wings you look up to or try to play like?

TT: Theres a lot of skilled guys, but when I look at Pavel Datsyuk hes just unreal. The work he does is a different level. Its nice to see those guys working out, see him on the ice, what hes doing with his hockey stick is unreal.

RB: Whats your typical workout routine?

TT: We have here our strength coach Aaron Downey. He really helps us with that, been doing a lot of workouts with him. I have to give a lot of credit to that guy, because he try to get me better and stronger so I usually follow whatever he is doing or telling me to do.




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Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:04 AM

Good montage of Tatar. The first handful of highlights make him look like the king of empty netters.



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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:01 PM

Good montage of Tatar. The first handful of highlights make him look like the king of empty netters.

http://www.youtube.c...h?v=6t1NX3moE_k


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 11:06 AM

Something this team could use


He is coming soon. He will have his first legitimate chance next year to make the team.
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Tootoo does NOT belong on this team. He is classless and I would rather see the Wings be bad than classless. I feel the same way about Bertuzzi as well, but he at least CAN make the team better. With Tootoo the team becomes worse and in danger of being classless. Would you have liked Claude on the team? Or Roy? No. So why would you be okay with that POS.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:23 PM

He is coming soon. He will have his first legitimate chance next year to make the team.


He will have a chance for sure. However, as a Tatar fan, even I have to admit that he probably won't make the team next year because he still has one year left of waiver exemption. The fans who follow the prospects are painfully aware of how much that matters. Also, when you consider how some in the scouting staff think he should be putting up more points in addition to the significant and tremendous improvements in his defensive game, I believe the safe bet is he has one more year of "seasoning" in GR. It is what it is.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 11:38 AM

He will have a chance for sure. However, as a Tatar fan, even I have to admit that he probably won't make the team next year because he still has one year left of waiver exemption. The fans who follow the prospects are painfully aware of how much that matters. Also, when you consider how some in the scouting staff think he should be putting up more points in addition to the significant and tremendous improvements in his defensive game, I believe the safe bet is he has one more year of "seasoning" in GR. It is what it is.

yep, total agreement. Besides. He is going to be a slow grower and he will need to bring it all together.
"It is a lot easier to be an ******* to words than to people"-xkcd

Tootoo does NOT belong on this team. He is classless and I would rather see the Wings be bad than classless. I feel the same way about Bertuzzi as well, but he at least CAN make the team better. With Tootoo the team becomes worse and in danger of being classless. Would you have liked Claude on the team? Or Roy? No. So why would you be okay with that POS.

This thread has been closed due to emotions being higher than people's ability to read, interpret, and properly respond to simple posts.





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