• Devils Sign Tlusty To One-Year, $800K Deal

    News: Jiri Tlusty signed a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Devils on Thursday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
    Analysis: Jiri Tlusty's reluctance to accept a professional tryout offer from the multitude of teams pursuing him looks like it has finally paid off, though not nearly to the extent he probably hoped when free agency opened back in July. Though the 27-year-old landed a guaranteed, one-way contract, he'll be forced to settle for a pay cut of over $2 million, despite roughly matching his production from 2013-14 with 14 goals and 31 points in 72 games between the Hurricanes and Jets last season. Tlusty will amount to a huge bargain for the Devils, who could have a spot as the right wing on the second line open for him after the leading candidate for that role -- prospect Reid Boucher -- suffered in a rookie tournament game over the weekend to complicate his availability for training camp.
  • FA Tlusty Still Waiting On Offer

    News: Jiri Tlusty, who remains an unrestricted free agent, has rejected at least five professional tryout offers from NHL teams, Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports.
    Analysis: Several of the bottom-six forward options remaining on the free agency market this offseason have settled for PTOS in the last week with training camps set to begin soon, but Jiri Tlusty continues to angle for a one-year contract. In an attempt to increase his leverage on a deal, Tlusty and his representatives have emphasized the winger's willingness to head to the KHL, where he'd likely command a higher guaranteed salary, albeit in a lower-profile league. It sounds like the 27-year-old, who tallied 14 goals with the Hurricanes and Jets last season, will wait it out a little longer until a team is able to extend him a one-year contract.
  • Jets' Tlusty Scores In Loss

    News: Jiri Tlusty scored a goal in Tuesday's 5-2 loss to the Canucks.
    Analysis: Jiri Tlusty hasn't done much offensively since being acquired by Winnipeg in late February, but has now registered a point in two straight contests. He's still locked into a third-line role at the moment. However, if his recent production is a sign of things to come, the 27-year-old may be in line for some additional ice time going forward.
  • Jets' Tlusty Assists In Win

    News: Jiri Tlusty picked up an assist in Monday's win over the Oilers.
    Analysis: The 27-year-old hasn't provided much of an impact since being acquired by the Jets in late February. Over 11 games with his new team, Jiri Tlusty is still searching for his first goal and has produced only four assists and 15 shot attempts. Locked into a third-line role at the moment, Tlusty doesn't project to see much of an uptick in his offensive totals over the final stretch of the regular season.
  • Jets Acquire Tlusty From Hurricanes

    News: The Jets acquired Jiri Tlusty from the Hurricanes on Wednesday in exchange for a 2016 third-round draft pick and a conditional 2015 sixth-round draft pick.
    Analysis: The Jets were in the market for a winger after Blake Wheeler (knee) hit IR and Mathieu Perreault (lower body) suffered a likely season-ending injury, and it appears they may have found their man in Jiri Tlusty. The 26-year-old winger had managed 23 points and a minus-17 rating in 52 games with the Hurricanes, but he figures to notice improvement in both categories with the move to Winnipeg. There's a strong possibility the team will insert him in their top-six group of forwards right away, putting his fantasy value clearly on the rise.
  • Jets' Tlusty Could Be A Part Of Power-Play Unit

    News: Jets GM Kevin Cheveldayoff hinted that Jiri Tlusty may get some ice time with one of the Jets' two power-play units, Ed Tait of the Winnipeg Free Press reports.
    Analysis: Cheveldayoff stated "He's (Jiri Tlusty) got the ability to play on the power-play, he can score some goals but there's a checking side to Jiri as well that Paul (Maurice) knows well from his time with him." Tlusty is a versatile player, and can play as a left or right winger. With Blake Wheeler (knee) and Mathieu Perreault (lower body) still recovering from injury, Tlusty's versatility, as well as his history with Jets head coach Paul Maurice from his days with the Canes and Leafs, make him a candidate to immediately slot into one of the Jets' two power-play units. Tlusty has only tallied 23 points in 52 games with the Hurricanes this season, however, he'll likely be inserted into Winnipeg's top-six group of forwards right away, and if he can see some additional ice-time on the power-play, he'll be an intriguing pickup going forward.
  • Canes' Tlusty Grabs Two Assists

    News: Jiri Tlusty notched a pair of assists in Friday's win over Toronto.
    Analysis: Jiri Tlusty now has points in back-to-back games and is up to 13 goals and 23 points in 50 games on the season. While the 26-year-old is skating on the top line with Eric Staal, he's been brutally inconsistent this season, making him unappealing in shallower fantasy leagues.
  • Carolina's Tlusty Tallies On Tuesday

    News: Jiri Tlusty scored the only goal for the Hurricanes in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders.
    Analysis: Jiri Tlusty took a perfect pass from Eric Staal right in front of the net for his 13th goal this campaign. Tlusty, a former first-round pick, could reach 20 goals by the time the season winds up, but the Hurricanes are allowing too many scores while he's on the ice, as evidenced by his minus-16 rating. Tlusty's value is most apparent in deep fantasy leagues.
  • Canes' Tlusty Scores In Loss To Isles

    News: Jiri Tlusty scored his team's only goal in Tuesday's 4-1 loss to the Islanders.
    Analysis: Jiri Tlusty now has 13 goals and 21 points on the season, playing on the Canes' first line alongside the Staal brothers, Eric and Jordan. If you can withstand his minus-16 rating (tied for second-worst on the team), Tlusty may be of some use to you in deeper formats.
  • Canes' Tlusty To Play Friday

    News: Jiri Tlusty returned to practice Thursday, with coach Bill Peters confirming afterward that the forward would be available for Friday's game against the Blues, Chip Alexander of the Raleigh News & Observer reports.
    Analysis: Peters acknowledged that while Jiri Tlusty isn't quite feeling 100 percent healthy, he's in good enough condition to play through whatever it is that's ailing him. Tlusty, who has tallied 12 goals and seven assists over 40 games, figures to slot in on his usual top-line spot next to the Staal brothers.