Jiri Tlusty is holding out for a contract.
Not a tryout.
An actual, guaranteed contract.
The 27-year-old unrestricted free agent has had five NHL teams offer a training camp tryout, his agent, Rick Curran, told The Record. However, that’s all Tlusty’s been able to garner on what’s proven to be a very tight UFA market.
Tlusty split last season between Carolina and Winnipeg, scoring 13 goals in 52 games for the Hurricanes, but just one in 20 after being traded to the Jets.
Clearly, his production in Winnipeg didn’t help his bargaining power.
“He thought it was going to be a good opportunity,” Curran told Postmedia. “But he just didn’t get the opportunity.”
Tlusty has received two KHL contract offers, so that’s another option. But he’d obviously prefer to stay in the NHL, if he can.
“The clubs aren’t crazy,” said Curran. “They’re sitting back and they know they don’t have to pay what they had to pay initially.”