2020 Free Agency: Vegas Golden Knights add depth with Jurco

Tomas Jurco is now a member of the Vegas Golden Knights.

It is Day Two of the NHL Free Agency and the Vegas Golden Knights are still chasing their White Whale in elite defenseman Alex Pietrangelo, who is on his way for an official visit with the powers that be as we speak.

Now, please keep in mind that it doesn’t mean Pietrangelo is a lock to now sign with the Golden Knights given that he’s likely to have other visits and is clearly doing his due diligence, but it is a positive start for sure.

In other Free Agency news, though, the Golden Knights have made a minor move by signing forward Tomas Jurco to a one-year deal.

First reported by Simon Cop, Jurco has signed a one-way contract worth $700k with Vegas and it is nothing more than a depth pickup.

Likely to start the 2020-21 season in Henderson with the Silver Knights, Jurco could be a solid role player if injuries impact the Golden Knights’ bottom-six forward unit.

Last with the Edmonton Oilers, Jurco had two points (0 G, 2 A) in 12 regular season games with a +1 rating while averaging 9:59 minutes of ice time.

He has 52 points (22 G, 30 A) in 213 career regular season games for the Detroit Red Wings, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Oilers, while he appeared in 10 postseason games for the Detroit Red Wings with two points (1 G, 1 A).

Averaging 11:18 minutes of ice time in his career, Jurco is nothing more than a depth pickup by the Golden Knights and he should be a nice piece in the American Hockey League with the Silver Knights.

Jurco, 27-years-old, is more of a checking forward and he could be a good fit on that bottom-line if either William Carrier or Ryan Reaves get hurt.

The right-wing could easily slot into the bottom-six when needed though, and his low cap hit means that this deal is very, very low risk.

He could be a useful weapon on the penalty kill in certain games, but this deal should and hopefully will be only a mere precursor to what is to come from the Vegas Golden Knights who are hoping to add a significant big-hitter in Free Agency.