Blackhawks Sign Marcus Kruger to 1-Year Contract

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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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