Red Wings agree to terms with former Sea Dog
Financial terms were not disclosed by the Red Wings, who announced the agreement on Twitter, but MLive.com reported the contract is worth $1.8 million, an average annual value of $900,000.
Jurco, who became a restricted free agent July 1, had three goals and 15 assists in 63 games for Detroit last season. The 22-year-old has 11 goals and 22 assists in 99 NHL games, all with the Red Wings, who selected him in the second round (No. 35) of the 2011 NHL Draft.
“He probably was rushed through system a little bit quicker than we liked because of injuries two years ago,” general manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press. “He came up, had good numbers. He came back this year, and I think when you’re young and you’ve had a little success, it’s hard to replicate. We like his speed, he’s been productive in juniors, and he produced in AHL in second half of his rookie year.
“This year, he wasn’t able to produce as much, but I think that has a lot to do with age. We think he’s got real good potential, but at the same time, with the addition of Brad Richards (signed as a free agent) and the development of other young forwards, it’s going to create good competition in training camp for roster spots, and Tomas Jurco is player who has to claim a roster spot.”