Blackhawks Acquire Tomas Jurco From Red Wings
By Randy Holndoner (@bhawkschatter)
The Chicago Blackhawks made a depth move yesterday as they acquired left winger, Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings for a third round pick in the upcoming 2017 NHL Entry Draft. With the confidence of players like Nick Schmaltz and Ryan Hartman, Blackhawks General Manager, Stan Bowman claimed he was not in need of a Top 6 forward.
Jurco, 24, has spent 4 years with the Red Wings tallying 39 points (15G 24A) in 159 career games. This year had not been going well for Jurco in Detroit, where in 16 games, he had not registered a single point. A move was needed. Jurco is in the last year of a contract, but will be a restricted free agent at the end of the year.
Bowman has had his eye on Jurco for a number of years and liked his play. He is not expecting him to carry the team in any way, but he sees the potential in him to where he can be a contributor in another run at Lord Stanley’s Cup.
The Blackhawks sit 3 points behind the Minnesota Wild, who are in the their bye right now.
There had been no update on Niklas Hjalmarsson who had left Thursday night’s game against the Arizona Coyotes early and did not return. The Blackhawks currently have two games remaining in a cushioned time where they will play just eight games in twenty-four days. In that time, the Hawks have taken advantage by winning five of the first six games so far. They take on the St. Louis Blues Sunday at the United Center.
Bowman is hoping that Jurco will be able to join his new team for practice on Saturday. In order to make a roster spot for Jurco, the Hawks re-assigned Vinnie Hinostroza to their AHL affiliate, Rockford Icehogs.
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