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by George Malik on 08/06/12 at 11:35 PM ET
Updated as there isn’t enough going on to justify an overnight report: Well go figure, the, “George leaves the house and stuff happens” rule must be tied to proximity to Southeastern Michigan. The ever-indispensable RedWingsFeed posted the following Tweet from Capgeek.com a few minutes ago…
And that Tweet suggests that the NHL’s managed to ink a transfer agreement with the Slovak Ice Hockey Federation, and as such, the Wings have inked Tomas Jurco to a 3-year, entry-level contract. Jurco will now be paid $70,000, plus a $92,500 signing bonus for each of the next three seasons to play for the Grand Rapids Griffins. If he makes the NHL, he’ll earn a pro-rated portion of approximately $709,167.
I’m sure he’s incredibly relieved to know his future’s no longer in doubt, because he seemed genuinely afraid of having to play in Slovakia sans a transfer agreement when he was talking to the Wings’ brass at Detroit’s summer development camp.
Update: Let’s just make this an overnight report. MLive’s Brendan Savage is confirming Capgeek’s report…
• If you’re interested, part 1: NHLPA executive director Donald Fehr spoke to the Canadian Press about preparing a counter-proposal, and both Fehr and NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to the AP about the ticking clock;
• According to Gothenburgs Posten’s Cege Berglund, Dick Axelsson and Fabian Brunnstrom debuted on the same line while skating with the Frolunda Indians for the first time;
• And I hate to quote this rat for the second time in a couple of days, but he has a point: yes, the Red Wings might be interested in acquiring someone like Sergei Gonchar from the Ottawa Senators if they want to dump his $5 million cap hit off on someone else. You may click on his take only at your own risk, however.
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