Friday, February 24, 2017

NHL trade review: Wings deal Jurco to Blackhawks for a third

The Detroit Red Wings have traded winger Tomas Jurco to the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for a third round draft pick in the 2017 NHL draft. Let's get into details.
       The Blackhawks are in the middle of a dynasty, lifting the Stanley Cup 3 times in the last 7 years. This year, they should make the playoffs again. They have 81 points (a record of 38-18-5), good enough for second place in the Central division. They do have cap issues, though. They've traded away stars in Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Teuvo Teravainen and Bryan Bickell (who was diagnosed with MS, but is luckily recovering quickly). Their depth isn't in the greatest shape. They've gotten lucky on deadline acquisitions Michal Handzus and Richard Panik in recent years, and GM Stan Bowman is probably thinking Jurco can be another great acquisition. Jurco, 24, has no points in 16 NHL games with Detroit this season. He's also a -8 and has 2 PIM. He has 2 points (a goal and an assist) in 2 games with Grand Rapids (AHL) this season, with an even rating. He has 39 points (15 goals and 24 assists) in 159 career NHL games. He also has 46 PIM in the NHL.
         When the Wings drafted 35th overall (second round) in the 2011 NHL draft they probably thought he'd be at least ok in the NHL. He became a faded prospect, though. The Wings have made the playoffs in the last 25 years, but that streak seems to be coming to an end. They're 10 points out of the second wild card spot in the Eastern conference (they're also the second worst team in the conference), and are shopping guys like Brendan Smith and Jurco (before he was traded). "Things haven't worked out. He wanted to be elsewhere," Wings G Ken Holland said. Jurco, who's a RFA at the end of this year, should stay with Chicago next year.

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