The Toledo Blade’s Mark Monroe reports that the Toledo Walleye will not re-sign A.J. Jenks for the 2019-2020 season:
The 29-year-old native of Wolverine Lake, Mich., ranks among the franchise’s top five all-time leaders in points, goals, assists, games played, and penalty minutes.
The Walleye have made the playoffs in all five seasons with Jenks on the roster, and he has become one of the franchise’s most well-liked players.
A team official, who did not wish to be named, said Jenks was the odd-man out due to the ECHL’s veteran rule. ECHL teams are allowed to carry only four vets — those who have played in 260 or more pro games — on the roster.
Jenks, who has played in 488 pro games, is still recuperating from a lower-body injury he suffered last season. He has remained in the area in the offseason instructing young players at local camps and clinics. Jenks confirmed the team’s decision but opted not to comment on it.