Tatar had 25 goals in 82 games last season. The 26-year-old forward can only be awarded a one-year deal, as he can become an unrestricted free agent next summer.
So unless the two sides can come together on a long-term contract before the arbitrator rules, Tatar may end up becoming a trade chip for GM Ken Holland to play.
After all, the Wings will be hard-pressed to make the playoffs next year, and they can’t afford to lose Tatar for nothing.
The Athletic’s Craig Custance believes that Tatar will be awarded a one-year deal worth “around $4.8 million.”
Tatar has said that a one-year deal would likely mean his “last season in Detroit.”