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According to Capgeek, the Red Wings have signed Tomas Jurco to an entry-level contract

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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BrendonR's avatar

I don’t think there’s any Wings prospect I’m more excited about than this guy; awesome news.

Posted by BrendonR on 08/06/12 at 11:41 PM ET

cowboycoffee's avatar

noice

Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 08/06/12 at 11:53 PM ET

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Looking forward to watching some of these exciting young prospects when make the jump to Wings.  Future looks very bright with all these young guys!

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/07/12 at 01:03 AM ET

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Posted by BrendonR on 08/06/12 at 09:41 PM ET


Amen, only other might be Pulkkinen, and now Frk who looks like he’s tracking to get some playing time in GR with Jurco and Tvrdon should as well.  That’s A LOT of size and skill.  Can you imagine a Two Kids and an Old Goat line 2.0 with Pav centering Frk’n'Jurco??  and Z centering Pulkkinen and Jarnkrok??

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/07/12 at 01:30 AM ET

DrewBehr's avatar

... and Helm will STILL be a 3rd line center? Lol

Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 08/07/12 at 02:33 AM ET

Primis's avatar

Now comes the hard part:  will Jurco be willing to plug away at it?  He won’t get a real shot soon, and he’ll have to fight still once he does.  That’s honestly the toughest part for some of these kids.

Man, can GR finally get some success now please?  You can give these kids 70-some AHL games all you want, they get far more out of a round or two of Calder Cup playoff hockey.  And that’s an area both the Griffs and Walleye seem to fail in miserably,  in giving the Wings prospects actual meaningful playoff experience.

Posted by Primis on 08/07/12 at 02:52 AM ET

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Posted by DrewBehr from The Mitten on 08/07/12 at 12:33 AM ET


Oonagi and Cleary will still be in the top 6

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 08/07/12 at 03:34 AM ET

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BrendonR and HockeytownOverhaul I can’t agree with you guys more.  I think we’re beginning to see the shape of the future in Jurco, Frk, Nyquist, Pulkkinen and Smith.  The new guard.  May we look back on this time and chuckle at ourselves again about how smart the head office was. 

I would love to see Gonch on the team.  He’s a veteran stud.  The perfect bandaid.  No idea how that would get done though.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 08/07/12 at 05:09 AM ET

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Oh and for the record, I think we could rescue Roszival.  He had a heck of a run before the injuries.

Posted by Hippy Dave from Portland by way of Detroit on 08/07/12 at 05:11 AM ET

Alan's avatar

Glad to see the kid signed! He’s someone I’ve been looking forward to seeing. Him and Frk, specifically.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 08/07/12 at 05:35 AM ET

MsRedWinger's avatar

Yeppers, the future looks bright for our Wings!

Posted by MsRedWinger from Flori-duh on 08/07/12 at 11:08 AM ET

SYF's avatar

Jurco and Sheahan on the same line after Dangles and Zata retires?

[mind blown]

Posted by SYF from the team that re-signed KFQ and DFC by KFH on 08/07/12 at 11:16 AM ET

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Detroit, MI...The Detroit Red Wings today announced that 19-year-old forward Tomas Jurco has been signed to a three-year entry-level contract. In accordance with club policy, no further details regarding this deal will be disclosed.

Detroit’s top pick (second round, 35th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, Jurco has spent the past three seasons with the Saint John Sea Dogs of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In 172 career QMJHL games, Jurco tallied 175 points (87G-88A) in addition to a plus/minus rating of +126. The 6’2”, 193-lb. winger also went 16-for-19 (84.2%) in post-overtime shootouts during his tenure in Saint John.

Originally selected by the Sea Dogs in the first round (fourth overall) of the 2009 CHL Import Draft, Jurco enjoyed significant postseason success throughout his major junior career, tallying 26G-38A-64P in 56 President’s Cup Playoff contests. Jurco also registered 6G-2A-8P in eight career Memorial Cup appearances, helping Saint John win the prestigious title in 2011.

A native of Kosice, Slovakia, Jurco has represented his home country at several international tournaments, including the 2011 and 2012 IIHF World Junior Championships (11GP-2G-7A-9P combined total) and the 2009 IIHF World U-18 Championships at which he tied for the team lead in scoring with 2G-3A-5P in six games played. Prior to joining the Sea Dogs, Jurco spent several years in HC Kosice’s development program, leading their U-20 club in scoring (51GP-24G-30A-54P) as a 16-year-old during his final season in Europe (2008-09).

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 08/07/12 at 11:52 AM ET

PaulinMiamiBeach's avatar

holy crap he’s over a point a game in his playoff games!

Posted by PaulinMiamiBeach on 08/07/12 at 12:30 PM ET

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And don’t forget Brunner! I’m really stoked about the future depth we have at forward.

Posted by WingnutBP from CA on 08/08/12 at 03:40 AM ET

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And don’t forget Brunner! I’m really stoked about the future depth we have at forward.

Posted by WingnutBP from CA on 08/08/12 at 01:40 AM ET

Meh, as far as I’m concerned, Brunner is another Brunnstrom, Leino, MZA, etc until proven otherwise.

Posted by RyanVM from Philly on 08/08/12 at 09:52 AM ET

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