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by George Malik on 05/24/12 at 12:06 PM ET
This is rare: According to Iltahleti’s Pekka Jalonen, the Red Wings and Teemu Pulkkinen’s agent, Krister Kaukinen, are working out the details of Pulkkinen’s three-year, entry-level contract with the Wings, but as Iltahleti’s a bit of a tabloid, Kaukinen’s being given a platform to “talk tough” about said contract. Here’s an incredibly, incredibly rough translation of what Pulkkinen’s agent had to say:
20-year-old Jokerit forward Teemu Pulkkinen’s living in exciting times. Pulkkinen’s agent is continually talking with the Detroit Red Wings.
“We recently talked to Detroit on Wednesday, and on Thursday evening we’ll continue to negotiate. Some issues are still open. Let’s see what happens,” Pulkkinen’s representative, Krister Kaukinen, said.
Pulkkinen was drafted in 2010, so Pulkki has until 6/1 to reach an agreement with Detroit. If the agreement isn’t reached, Pulkkinen can be drafted again around midsummer at Pittsburgh’s NHL Entry Draft.
“If the money and agreement don’t emerge, [the draft’s] entrants will have roughly the same terms and conditions,” Kaukinen said.
Pulkkinen was selected for the under-18 World Championship in 2010, and was named the best forward and an All-Star team member, when he led the World Championship in points. During the 2010-2011 season, Pulkkinen was named the SM-Liiga rookie of the year. He broke the record for rookie points in a season (36) and also made his debut on the adult national team.
There’s no doubt in my mind that the Wings will reach terms with Pulkkinen, Calle Jarnkrok and Tomas Jurco before June 1st, but there’s nothing like a little saber-rattling to reiterate the urgency of putting pen to paper.
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