Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Wings Still Unable To Sign Jurco

Tomas Jurco and the Detroit Red Wings still haven’t been able to sign a contract, reports Hockey’s Future.

“The Wings are attempting to sign Tomas Jurco but the process has become dicey,” writes Ian Altenbaugh. “According to Jurco's agent, J.P. Barry, the Red Wings and he have settled on the terms of an entry-level contract, however it cannot be filed with the league due to the lack of an agreeable transfer agreement between Slovakia and the NHL. The NHL has extended the window to sign such prospects until June 15th (typically there is a moratorium on signing entry-level contracts between June 1st through July 1st) which would allow Jurco to play in the AHL (or NHL, of course) next season. He is eligible to return to Saint John for an overage season, but that's not a direction the Red Wings or Jurco's representation seem too interested in as, developmentally, he is ready for a new challenge. When asked whether Jurco may have to spend a year in Slovakia's pro league, Barry expressed optimism to Hockey's Future that it would not come down to that but did not rule it out completely.”

News of the transfer agreement problems were revealed earlier this month.

Even if Jurco somehow gets returned to the Sea Dogs, there probably won’t be room for him with the Sea Dogs expected to draft two new Euros in the Canadian Hockey League’s Import Draft later this month.

In 48 games with Saint John this past season, the Slovakian recorded 30 goals and 38 assists. In 16 playoff games he added 13 goals and 16 assists.

Jurco is expected to play with the American Hockey League’s Grand Rapids Griffins next year.

On a side note, Jurco tweeted a link to this sick video the other day. 

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