This year, he wants to avoid a return to the AHL. If he doesn't make the Red Wings, he will have to clear waivers before he would return to the Griffins.
"There's always been talk that some teams would be interested if I was on waivers, but it all depends on the timing on everything," he said. "I just want to go in and try and make Detroit.
"As much as I love Grand Rapids, I don't want to play in the AHL next year. So I'm trying to do everything possible to play with them (Red Wings) or have a good enough camp for someone else to take me."
Tomas Jurco spoke with Sport.sk regarding his contract negotiations with Detroit, and what follows is very, very roughly translated, but it sounds like Jurco's going to sign a one-year or short-term contract with the Red Wings sooner than later:
Jurco wants a raise, but it's not a million dollars
Bratislava--In late June, the forward of the Detroit Red Wings tomas Jurco, 22, received a qualifying offer, under which his salary from last season's contract of $767,500 U.S. dollars increased by 5% to $805,875 dollars. Now it's up to the player whether this offer's approved.
What's your latest situation with Detroit?
"We're negotiating a new contract. It should be concluded in the upcoming days. I think in a week we will already have done the deal, so we'll see."
Do you know what you can expect from the Red Wings' leadership?
"I've received a qualifying offer. From my perspective, it's difficult to negotiate because I don't have the option of going to arbitration as I'm not 27. So I have to agree with the conditions offered to me. So I didn't accept the qualifying offer and we're negotiating better conditions. We'll see how it goes."
A second possibility is that you have the right to negotiate with other teams.
"That's true, but in the case of agreements with rival teams my present team can match the offer. It's a matter of my agent to represent me and gauge interest."
Do your representatives network with other teams, or are they negotiating only with Detroit?
"Detroit doesn't have to be the #1 priority. It depends where I'd play and have the best conditions. But I think I will stay with Detroit for the upcoming season."
What's the information from your agent--is Detroit inclined to give you a shorter contract or are they preparing a longer-term contract?
"It won't be a long-term contract, probably I'll sign a contract for only a year. But I need to have a good year this season, to sign a better contract, perhaps for several years."
Is this a very difficult negotiation, or nothing special?
"If there was no trouble, I would have already signed a contract...Of course both sides have their ideas about it. I want the best conditions from the team and they want to spend as little as possible on my salary."
What are your ideas?
"I would like them to give me a little increase on the qualifying offer which has yet to be added to the offer. We'll see how negotiations turn out ,but I hope something happens quickly and improves the contract. If you go out to meet me in the middle, I have to take what they offer."
Are you attracted to a round million dollars?
"A million, definitely not. Detroit has a policy by which the young players on the team aren't given high salaries. When they didn't pay a million for the previous seasons of players like Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Tatar, it won't happen for me."
Are you nervous, or do you remain calm?
"Nervous or not, it will turn out as it turns out. First of all, I want to have the best possible preparatoin for the upcoming season, so I can have as successful as possible a season."