The move was made close to the 3 p.m. deadline, and all trades have to be OK'ed by the National Hockey League in order to go through.
The Detroit Red Wings have traded forward Tomas Tatar to the Vegas Golden Knights for three draft picks. The conditional fourth-round pick from the Flyers can rise as high as the second round. The Red Wings will receive Vegas' 2018 first-round pick, a 2019 second-round pick that originally belonged to the New York Islanders and Vegas' 2021 third-round pick. Detroit did quite well as Tatar has only 16 goals and 28 points in 61 games.
General manager Ken Holland and the Red Wings continue their rebuild and get $5.3 million off of the books. The Golden Knights acquired Tomas Tatar while the Red Wings will get three draft picks in return.
If Tatar doesn't pan out, McPhee will regret giving up so much future capital, especially so soon in an expansion franchise's history, but the move shows his faith in this squad to make a deep run in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Green, 32, who will be an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has missed the last six games with a neck injury and hasn't played since he was injured February 15.
Tatar was drafted 60th overall by the Red Wings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft and was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins, their AHL affiliate after signing a three year entry level deal.
"Based on the way they've played we didn't want to dismantle (the team)", McPhee said. You go through things, and I really liked what our team has accomplished so far. We're competitive. We're not quite where we need to be.
Holland said last week after trading Petr Mrazek to Philadelphia that the goal is to acquire draft picks or prospects.