Blackhawks Sign Tomas Jurco To 1-Year Extension

On Monday, the Chicago Blackhawks announced a one-year extension with restricted free agent forward Tomas Jurco.

Jurco, 24, was acquired from Detroit for a third round pick in the 2017 NHL Draft (#88 overall) in February. He scored one goal in 13 appearances with the Hawks during the 2016-17 season but did not appear in the postseason for Chicago.

Originally a second round pick (#35 overall) by Detroit in the 2011 NHL Draft, Jurco has 16 goals and 24 assists in 172 career regular season games.

The Hawks protected Jurco in the expansion draft, so getting a deal done with him was expected.

 

 

12 thoughts on “Blackhawks Sign Tomas Jurco To 1-Year Extension

  1. Don’t forget, Jurco had off season back surgery before last year. Hopefully he’s healthy and can reach with the Hawks the potential that was interrupted with the Wings. Worth taking a look because he has skills.

  2. Toward the end of the season Stan really talked Jurco up. He mentioned that his time in the system last season would really do him well for this upcoming one. Based on how he talked about Jurco then I never expected him to not be signed.
    I will agree though with both @SOUTHSIDEHAWKMAN and @ICEMAN that he didn’t really seem to light the rink on fire. He had a couple of moments where he seemed to have some pep. Maybe SB thinks that Jurco is in the same mold as a Panik? I don’t know.

  3. I guess it’s worth it but I didn’t really see the fast part last year–maybe others did.
    Perhaps he needs to come to camp in better shape?

  4. Jurco… put up decent Numbers for Babcock/Wings… when Babcock left and Jurco hurt back… Numbers disappeared

    Jurco– before the injury was a big weight guy… a lot stronger… after injury… he has lost a lot of weight (guessing he was told – weight and weights… weren’t best for his back)

    Anyhow- I like his skating/speed… at minimum could be a decent/checking line guy…. But like others here… Didn’t see much of ability to finish… He DID go to the net/right places with speed… but did the loss of 20+ lbs. effect his ability and strength to finish around net??? Or will he be able to – with more time/chemistry in system.

    I am willing to see 30-40 more games… I do see the skating/agility/speed…
    But right now– he is a J. Nordstrom… not the worst thing in world… if he is true #11-#13 forward

  5. I must of been drinking too much?
    I watched him once in person, great seats and saw more plodding in his strides with not much agility. In 2014 he could skate, stick-handle/finish, the whole nine yards..
    He doesn’t skate like Nordstrom, that guy can move (at least not last year)

  6. I like this signing. Lost cost gamble on a guy who can actually skate and can add some physicality on the ice. Both things this team needs more of at forward. Q and his staff will embrace Jurco if he can be disciplined. I expect good things from the kid.

  7. Not sure of his injuries from playing with the Wings but in junior in the QMJHL he had speed, agility and great hands. He can not be playing over 200lbs to be effective.

  8. Need bottom lines to hold their own this year and not playing 5 or 6 mins. a game whìle playing the guts out of 19 & 88 all year and nothing the tank to raise their level come playoff time. Same with 2 also.

  9. He’s got some good size: 6’2″ 180 lbs.
    Wall’s right, he was bigger with Detroit.

    He’s a great 4th line guy with some versatility. Assuming all is good with his back or we wouldn’t have paid him to take a roster spot.

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