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.