Blackhawks Acquire Tomáš Jurco

On Friday afternoon the Chicago Blackhawks acquired forward Tomas Jurco from the Detroit Red Wings for a third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

Jurco, 24, has zero points in 16 games this season with the Red Wings. Originally a second round pick (35th overall – immediately before the Hawks picked Adam Clendening) in 2011, he has 39 points in 159 career games in the NHL.

He is in the final year of his contract with a $900,000 cap hit, and will be a restricted free agent this summer.

To make room on the roster for Jurco, the Hawks reassigned Vinnie Hinostroza to Rockford.

In the wake of this trade, the Blackhawks still have nine selection in the 2017 NHL Draft, which will be at the United Center. GM Stan Bowman had previously said he intends on keeping picks because the organization wants the draft weekend to be a big deal for the team and fans, but moving a third was apparently a price the Blackhawks were willing to pay to get Jurco.

Earlier in the afternoon, Dallas traded Patrick Eaves to Anaheim for a second round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft.

64 thoughts on “Blackhawks Acquire Tomáš Jurco

  1. Not sure how Jurco’s skills have developed in Detroit/AHL but when he was in the QMJHL his stick handling skills and shooting were very impressive and he has some size. Hopefully his defensive skills have improved

  2. Knowing almost nothing about Jurco, this strikes me as an unnecessary move. I’m hoping an upgrade from tootoo or desjardins?

  3. Depth move with a guy that is young, cheap and has some skills. He is also an RFA so if he performs we probably sign him to a cap friendly contract for next year.

  4. I really hope Q doesn’t insert him into the lineup anywhere. The four lines having been playing well lately. Jurco’s stats would seem to indicate that Ernie captured the spirit of thing with, “Big effing deal.”

  5. Not fully understanding the nuances of the Las Vegas expansion draft, but reading just enough to take a guess – the Jurco acquisition may be more for having an eligible player to expose in the expansion draft than being the acquisition that puts the Hawks over the top in their quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup this year.

    That said, Jurco is kind of intriguing in that diamond in the rough category. He’s got decent size and speed and been groomed in the RedWings system which means he should understand the type of hockey Q wants from his wingers.

    Unless he surprises – this is probably a nothing burger trade in term of helping this season. But, it didn’t cost much so no big deal.

  6. This is a very curious move, here is a 24 yr old that was pretty damn good when Bablock was in charge. Since then a whole alot of nothing. If he plays well SB is a genius if not its a third rounder and Jurco leaves town. I was hoping it was Tater or Nyquist the Hawks were looking to acquire. Put him on the top 2 lines and like Panik he can probably light it up.

  7. He’s a linguistics prodigy – He speaks “Swede-russ-english”…

    Can never have too many interpreters on your team…

  8. Good catch ER. Maybe he turns into a Panik type player. He produced at the AHL level and internationally as well. He had decent numbers when he was first called up but has declined each year since. Maybe the Hawks are hoping they can figure something out with him that Blashill couldnt. But as of now I would rather have Hinostroza and the pick.

  9. If he plays 10 more games for the Hawks and they can sign him to an extension, he qualifies to be the 2nd forward exposed to the draft by the Golden Showers.

    https://www.nhl.com/news/nhl-expansion-draft-rules/c-281010592

    So…if he gets 10 games and signs, we can count him and Kruger as our 2 forwards, TVR as our defenseman and Jeff Glass checks the box of a goalie since he signed this week. (Assuming no other sacrificial pickups.)

    I keep hoping to hear this was a sign-and-trade.

  10. Stan and organisation Probably knows something we dont know ??
    Hope they will not change a winning combination for a guy nobody knows…
    Not very good for Hino …but at this point its sbout size …maybe ?
    Chemistry is important for a team …and Hawks have it now plus they are Focus …dont need to change someting right now ..a bit disappointed that they send Hino to rockford…let see what he can do ?

  11. Jurco can’t be as bad as 11 & 22. Or can he, 0 points in 16 games. I am with you Ernie, as of now I would rather have Hino’s speed and energy. If this guy is slotted in on the first line at LW for Schmaltz the blog will melt down.

  12. He had back surgery last off season (anyone know more or what kind?)

    Elite speed and hands was the pre-draft CHL- scouting … Elite shooter in shoot-outs (in Jrs. — supposedly)

    played in two Memorial cups
    When he played with Huberdeau… scored a lot in Jrs.

    Lost weight… to try to get faster/better condition after hurting his back … so trying to get leaner /quicker.

    Scores a lot in AHL… so too good for that league… I am really optimistic this guy can play/shoot with Elite guys (like Hawks have)…

    Guess it all depends on how that back surgery went… and flares up/or doesn’t.

  13. Kane will have competition in shootout drills after practice…

    Just watched “Jurco the Magician” Youtube video- from CHL…/ kid had some silly hands/trick shots.

    Low risk/High reward move… Kid will play better w/ Hawk stars… or he will be in AHL.

  14. I’m with Ernie & Wall. I think this is a sneaky good move by Stan, much like the Panik trade.

    This upcoming draft is regarded as “weak”. Scouts will tell you there is no such thing, you just have to look harder to find the gems. Having said that, the Hawks have multiple 5th and 6th rounders. So nabbing a guy in one of those rounds, you might get the same type of talent as in the 3rd round this year.

    Also, I expect Stan to possibly move McNeill for a draft pick at the deadline.

  15. I’m not so bullish on him. But this draft has been called “terrible” by execs.

    Regarding his surgery. He said it’s been lingering for a few years. Then this summer had leg pain. Herniated disc?

    Further research all but confirms that. Post on reddit 2 years ago said he had a disc problem.

  16. Shame for vinnie. To me if he’s not gotta play every game then let him play top line minutes in Rockford.
    Let jurco get his games played for expansion purposes and to see what they have. And rotate Desjardins or Tootoo sneak in some games.

  17. Now I understand why Ernie does not like the guy,.,.just not enough statistical matter to rummage through ,it,s way to cut and dried ,no smoke no mirrors ,no man behind the curtain . Just a 900.000 dollar guy for a third round nobody ,..,Now how about Mr. Eaves ,.,.1 million ,for a second round pick ,.,.,600 odd games played .,,.75 odd play off games ,.,.mature ,smart and producing @ his best pace yet .
    IMO we missed out on a steal,.,.,now hold on Tab,..,.,in past cup run years the Hawks have picked up a player or 2 with much more of a pedigree than this ex Red Wing has been . Diamond in the rough? Who knows , How,s the crystal ball looking Wall? The Hawks have more moving to do in the near future ,this move has done absolutely nothing to help a Cup push . Now we can sit here and say this that and the other about Eaves , but Our team HAS NOT IMPROVED AT ALL with this trade .

  18. Hawkhead- go check up on Panik before he got here and tell me about a guy’s resume being unimpressive.

    If you can’t see this for what it is, I’m sorry. The Hawks are buying low on a guy with worlds of talent who could be an exposed body in this summer’s expansion draft. Is he Andrew Ladd? No. But most never expected a big time deal this year before the deadline

  19. Hawk head, he’s got pretty good AHL numbers (43 points in since 13/14 in 39 games) dating back to 13/14. Was good his first bit in detroit, 13/14 season. . Then has gone down hill in Detroit ever since. Then this year, 16 games zero points. No bueno. But look at what he’s done on the international stage. Leading scorer.

    The bulging disc issue started in January 2015. In 13/14 he had 15 points in 36 games as a 20 year old. Not bad. Having had a few back issues in my wrestling days I can sympathize. I’m curious. But not really optimistic.

  20. Maybe Vinnie goes down and gets some ice time and points. He wasn’t playing all that badly but maybe it will help him charge up a bit if he’s needed for the playoffs. Probably a number of factors involved in Stan going for Jurco.
    I like Hinostroza a lot, and would like to see him still be in the lineup. But … I’ll trust Bowman on this move and see how it pans out going forward.

  21. 1961 agree. There are reasons behind Bowman’s madness so-to-speak. I’m not gonna question Bowman one iota — he stole Panik for Morin who we all know I was obsessed with. Let’s just hope as 1961 stated this guy doesnt get a high profile slot.

    By sending Hino down, this guy is going to play, fine. If there are no more forward moves, no issues w/ Desjardins & Tootoo leading the cheerleading section. My concern is the rookie trifcta 4th line was decent at worst.

    Anyway, we ll see how this all plays out by Wednesday.

  22. I like the Hawks line up as is and don’t expect a lot to change. As some have stated this could be for expansion protection or as depth as maybe for Rockfird who knows. All I know is I have seen lots of his play in the Q and he is very talented and a skilled player not a grinder. Not really seen his game since junior do not sure of his development the the Wings organization but sounds like the disc slowed him down. When he played with Huberdeau they were magic.

  23. I apologize for butting my nose in, but I feel compelled to say this. I don’t understand the need for some posters to play Whack the Wall. I get there are personalities that clash but give it a rest. It shouldn’t be the sole reason for posting here. Whether you like Wall or not – he’s a Hawks fan who shows and does what one does on a Hawks message board – he offers passionate opinion. Right or wrong – it’s he can say what he wants. Everyone can read it and form their own conclusion of his opinions and of him as a poster. We don’t need a special tribune to rail on incessantly about him or any one else.

    /rant

  24. Stan has made mistakes as all GMs do. I just can’t see even if Jurco turns out to be a bust it was a mistake on Stan’s part … or if it was it was pretty insignificant. According to the so-called draft experts the 2017 draft is one of the shallowest drafts in recent memory. In other words the draft turns into a crap shoot a lot earlier than it usually does so that by the time the 3rd round comes around you’re basically throwing a dart at the draft boards and hoping just like in the 4th, 5th and 6th rounds. So giving up a 3rd round pick in the 2017 draft is really no different than giving up a 5th round pick, or a 6th round pick. Plus the Hawks still have a couple extra picks in later rounds so spending a 2017 3rd for a shot at finding a diamond in the rough – well worth the cost.

  25. Let us hope Iceman that the Jurco move means ” Desjardins and Tootoo leading the cheerleading section”. I have a funny feeling we may see one of them sooner rather than later. Well said Ebony. The constant bashing of Wall gets old. Many times I also disagree with him but he has every right to post here. He does raise some interesting points.

  26. ….Told you Tab….Lol…Bowman probably has more up his sleeve….But he certainly ain’t telling you….Lots of potential with Jurco a Slovakian Hossa Wannabe….Has size and skill but so far a lot of bad luck with Detroit….This could turn out to be a steal!…I like this deal…..

  27. I doubt Stan gave up a 3rd round pick for expansion purposes. Put me down in the column of a fan of this trade. It has a chance of turning out really good. If not, the 3rd rounder we gave up should be NHL ready for Detroit by the year 2021.

    As for Hinostroza, he, like Motte, will definitely be back. Safe to say though, at this point, the rookies who are head and shoulders above every else are Schmaltz and Hartman.

  28. See how it pans out. Low cost, unknown return… not sure what the negativity is about other than Hino spending a little more time in Rockford. They’ll need him for a March return anyway with the condensed schedule they’ve got. For all the Eaves conversation, the cost for a non-division team I guarantee was different from the “Chicago” cost. Bill will hold a ransom for a division team just because so there is no chance in my mind Eaves was the same price either way. For Oduya, he’s not the same player as 2 years ago, but I’d have interest over the summer when he’s eligible for a 35+ contract ala Soupy at that point. He’s not going to put the back end over the top.

  29. Ernie, thanks for the info on Shalunov in other post. He wounldnt have to decide before deadline if he is coming to CHI. Is there a deadline for that league in terms of trade to a playoff team there. When does that start/is that the deadline for that possible trade.

  30. Did anyone see the exchange on Twitter between Pierre LeBrun from ESPN and Jaeckel? LeBrun says Bowman has been after Jurco for six weeks and Jaeckel says BS to that as Bowman was after Tatar but price was too high. Comments?

  31. Like the move. Like the player. Very skilled and good hockey sense, stood out a few years back when watching wings games even brighter some games than tatar and nyquist for me and I like both of them too. I kept wondering why he wasn’t getting more icetime with the wings but they had a huge traffic jam of skilled forwards at the time and most were just slightly above him in development then so he got the short end a bit. Then he had injury trouble and assuming toews has been dealing with back stuff for awhile and now looks like a different player (or rather like he used to look- dominant), likely back issues have slowed jurco’s development significantly the last few years. If he is healthy, he could help give us 3 legitimate lines that are threats to score and reignite hossa even if they are centered by swiss army knife without a shred of offensive ability (but tons of hustle, heart, and positional awareness-like our version of Rudy of notre dame football maybe) Kruger. Jurco being Slovakian means hossa and panik ease any transition period or chemistry unknown potential problems so low-risk, potentially high reward (adds to our stacked two pp units– how many teams can say that?). Cost of a 3rd maybe equiv to a 5th or 6th in other years according to some posters here means cost was negligible. Hinostroza gets hungrier and commits to being even more consistent with his play, knowing thats the only way he gets back in the lineup. Desjardins a solid depth backup waiting in the wings and tootoo good for chemistry and the occasional games with physically intimidating teams like st louis and idiots like reaves that may have to think twice about running around on us after we get up 4 or 5 goals on them. Pretty nice lineup now and Motte and forsling waiting and developing too. Impressive player personnel and cap management to say the least. Go Hawks!

  32. John Jaeckel is a hack. Look at what how he describes himself on Twitter. “Ad guy” what do “ad guys” do? They sell things. Jaeckel sells bs for the sake of clicks. LeBron is a legitimate reporter. Jaeckel calls what he does “reporting” it’s pure speculation to feed the ignorant rumor starved fan. Once in a while they’ll get something right. Throw enough shit at a wall and something is bound to stick. ( no pun intended)

  33. KHL trade deadline was a few months ago. I may be reading this incorrectly. But according to Kalnins who is very well connected to KHL hockey. Shalunov was supposed to be traded to a top team. Something went awry and now he’s upset with Sibir. So in the Powers piece I wonder if the “he wants to be traded to CSKA” part was supposed to be past tense? Also according to Kalnins, Eaves was the Hawks first choice. Once he was dealt they wanted to jump on Jurco. The second rd pick on Eaves could turn into a first. That was a no go for Chicago.

    Re-reading Powers, Shalunov would have to sign an ELC. Because of age it would be a one year elc. If he plays this year he’d then be an RFA.

  34. Ernie… I resemble that remark…

    Darren- nice post.

    Jurco- is also back-up if Panik keeps scoring/ may price himself out of Chicago.

    Speaking of Pricing Himself out of Chicago…
    Darling is Top 5 in goals against and Save % right now… (Crow around 16/22) if Darling keeps this up… or gets even better… Darls… gonna earn some $$$ this summer.

  35. Tab gets his info from credible sources and always credits said sources. Jaeckel makes shit up. He is his own source.

  36. Ok Tab and Ernie that was my thought as well about Jaeckel but just wanted to see what the “pros” thought.

  37. Not a pro. Just like to get my information from good sources.

    Last thing on Jaeckel. He’s a marketing guy for a company that specializes in oncology medications. Something thats on the fringes of legality and is illegal in a lot of countries. He has all these hockey “sources” that he can also moonlight as a blogger…for a fee of course.

    Google the name Dwayne Klessel, also goes by Eklund. You’ll see numerous articles written by legitimate people discrediting his work. He’ll steal others work and claim it as his own.

    These guys givr hardworking honest members of the media a bad name. And make them lose readers/clicks…in other words money/jobs.

  38. I think Stan might tinker a bit on Wednesday. I think he would like to add a couple more draft picks to “dominate” the draft in Chicago in June.

    I think McNeill gets moved for a later round pick, like a 5th. I would not be surprised if Svedberg gets moved for a 6th or 7th rounder.

    One other not, the college seasons for Hayden, Louis, Snuggerud will likely end without an NCAA bid. They will likely sign in some form and go to Rockford.
    Sikura from Northeastern might be close behind depending on how far his team goes.
    They will not sent to Rockford to sit.

  39. Morin traded for Dillon Fournier’s brother. What the hell happened to Dillon Fournier? 13 games played the last 2 seasons. Twice the top pick in a qmjhl draft. Wish it was easier to find out about prospect injuries.

  40. Ernie – Fournier just never developed. He certainly had some significant injuries but even when he was able to play he couldn’t stick in Rockford and spent time in Indy.

    Craig – I gotta believe we will take any pick to move those two guys. With the incoming college guys does anyone know if have any issues with the 50 contract limit? Also, can guys like Knott, Fortin and Dcat join Rockford when their junior season is over?

  41. MS- yes they can…provided Rockford still has games to play. There’s an NHL/AHL freeze. But no AHL/CHL freeze.

    With the Glass signing and Jurco trade they have 45 SPC’s. 1 team has 43. 3 have 44 and a handful of others have 45 like the Hawks. Shouldn’t be an issue.

  42. I think I read where Dillon Fournier injured his bad shoulder again this year in Indy, went home and called it a career.

    Back to the Jurco thread. So correct me if I’m wrong, the deal now looks like this, Teuvo and Bickel for Kamayov and Jurco, plus of course the salary cap relief for the Hawks. Strangely this might actually work out for the Hawks from a hockey standpoint.

  43. Read a post about De Cat and that people were laughing that all the teams passed on him and some did twice. It would be beauty this guy be really good in league.

  44. Hawks lose basically nothing to give a talented guy like Jurko a look. SB said they have had serious interest in Jurco for years, and I place great trust in the Hawks player assessment team. Back problems though are the one negative I see, but Jurco is young, fast, and has good hands. If he is over injuries, there is real upside.

    Would be nice to acquire a face off guy if possible by the deadline, but present lineup is jelling at the right time.

    Beat the Blues!

    Lets Go Hawks!

  45. I remember Mo hearing several NHL analysts prior to the draft saying D-Cat had top 5 talent but would drop due to his size.

  46. Just viewed the video above of the Jurco goals; what stood out are the quick hands and stick and always working in the net area. That’s a plus and something the Hawks can never have enough of.
    Hoping he will also play a responsible, 200′ game.
    Cautiously optimistic here…

  47. Jurco- is also supposed to be very good at deflecting pucks into net… which is always huge come Playoffs were D’s are much better in later rounds.

  48. Saw a report that Babcock wanted Jurco to be more of a physical, grinder type, i.e. Tootoo, that may have retarded his development if it’s not his game, could also explain the injury issues

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