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Blackhawks Sign Marcus Kruger to 1-Year Contract

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    Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks plays against the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game Three of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 8, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.

    Just over an hour after they traded away Kris Versteeg to clear salary cap space, the Chicago Blackhawks signed center Marcus Kruger to a one-year contract.

    Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Kruger, who had seven goals and 10 assists for the Blackhawks last season, was a restricted free agent and was hoping for a long-term extension with the team, but with the salary cap concerns the team is still facing, a shorter-term deal was the ultimate result of months of negotiations.

    Kruger has been a key member of the Blackhawks for several seasons, serving on the team’s top penalty killing unit and playing a crucial role on their fourth line at even strength.

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