After missing out on Dallas Stars winger Patrick Eaves, the Chicago Blackhawks moved quickly to acquire another depth winger before the 2017 NHL trade deadline.
Less than an hour after Eaves was traded to the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago traded for Detroit Red Wings forward Tomas Jurco.
The 24-year-old forward scored 15 goals and recorded 24 assists in 159 games with the Red Wings over four seasons. https://t.co/dXOUAtamd1— Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) February 24, 2017
Chicago also re-assigned forward Vinnie Hinostroza to the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs to make room for Jurco. Detroit received Chicago’s 2017 third-round pick, and Detroit did not retain any of Jurco’s salary.
Blackhawks have been focused on Jurco for the past six weeks. Was the guy they wanted.— Pierre LeBrun (@Real_ESPNLeBrun) February 24, 2017
One scout on Tomas Jurco, acquired by Blackhawks: "I've always thought he had a little bit more skill than what we have seen from him."— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) February 24, 2017
Detroit drafted Jurco 35th overall in 2011. He made a strong early impression during his first call-up in 2014 with 15 points in 36 games, but never re-found that same stride. He also never received much ice time; instead of playing in the minors, Jurco has sat in the press box for much of the last two seasons.
Jurco publicly wondered why he couldn’t break into the lineup consistently in January. Chicago was looking for some supplemental scoring ability on the wings, and found it in Jurco. Jurco is a restricted free agent this offseason.
Detroit likely isn’t done dealing. With the playoffs almost out of sight, they’re expected to move on from other pending free agents like Tomas Vanek before the deadline passes next Wednesday.