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Marcus Kruger | Center

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 186
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Marcus Kruger's agent, J.P. Barry, said his client is willing to continue to wait as a restricted free agent until Chicago sorts out its cap issues.
Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman has already made some cost cutting trades, but the team still isn't in a good place from a cap perspective. It's expected that Kruger will sign with Chicago eventually, but it looks like the Blackhawks will have to make at least one more trade first. Jul 28 - 9:58 AM

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Marcus Kruger's contract talks with the Chicago Blackhawks appear to be in limbo.

Kruger is still hoping for a long-term deal and is waiting to see if Chicago will clear up the cap space necessary to accommodate him. He's a serviceable bottom-six forward who scored seven goals and 17 points in 81 contests last season.
Jul 13 - 10:49 PM

Marcus Kruger is hoping to sign a long-term deal with the Blackhawks once they clear salary-cap space, according to ESPN’s Scott Power.

Kruger, a restricted free agent, had seven goals and 17 points last season. Chicago has about $982,000 in cap space after Friday’s trade that sent Patrick Sharp to Dallas and Ryan Garbutt and Trevor Daley to the Blackhawks. Kruger had a cap hit of $1.325 million last season. It’s clear the Blackhawks aren’t done wheeling and dealing; they still hope to come to terms with restricted free agents Viktor Svedberg and Joakim Nordstrom, too.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 11 - 5:36 PM

Although he was eligible to do so, Marcus Kruger decided against filing for arbitration.

Kruger is hoping to ink a longer term deal with the Blackhawks, but first Chicago needs to clear up some cap space. Filing for arbitration would have put a deadline on the negotiations, so that likely struck Kruger as undesirable given the circumstances.
Jul 6 - 1:20 PM

It appears that centerman Marcus Kruger and the Chicago Blackhawks are "closing in on a deal."

The 25-year-old RFA Kruger is coming off a two-year, $2.65M contract, and his second Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks. Unfortunately, Chicago has only about $1.4M in cap space under the ceiling. Kruger has accumulated just 15 goals and 45 points over the last two seasons, while blocking 120 shots and winning well over half his face-offs while skating over 13 minutes per night. It's not yet known how much Kruger is seeking, but it won't break the bank.
Jun 30 - 7:13 PM

Marcus Kruger will be a restricted free agent next week.

The Chicago Blackhawks want to bring him back next season. Kruger skates on the team's fourth line and serves as a solid penalty killer, but he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Jun 24 - 4:40 PM

Marcus Kruger is fine to play in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

There was some concern that Kruger was injured in Game 7 of Stanley Cup Final, but if he was then it's something that he's able to play through. He has two goals and three points in 17 playoff contests.
Source: CSN Chicago
Jun 2 - 8:10 AM

Marcus Kruger will be back in the faceoff dot Saturday night against the Ducks in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals.

Kruger did not take any draws in Game 3 and the speculation was that he had some sort of an injury. Kruger has denied he was hurt and told reporters he will be back taking faceoffs Saturday night. Kruger has been one of the Hawks' unsung heros this round.
May 23 - 12:26 PM

Marcus Kruger scored the triple overtime goal for the Blackhawks in their series tying 3-2 Game Two win against Anaheim.

Kruger ended the game at the 16:12 in the third overtime period as he poked in a rebound off a Brent Seabrook point shot. The goal was Kruger's second goal of the playoffs. Marian Hossa and Andrew Shaw scored the first two goals of the game on power play time but they came over 100 minutes before the Kruger winner in the first and second periods respectively. The series now shifts to the United Center.
May 20 - 2:39 AM

Marcus Kruger scored his first goal of the postseason when he put the Blackhawks up 3-0 late in the first period.

A classic example of a quality player who isn't captured by fantasy measurements, the goal was Kruger's fourth career in the playoffs. He now has just 10 points through 59 career playoff games. The Blackhawks would take the game on Friday night 4-3 to go up 1-0 in their series with Minnesota.
May 2 - 1:35 AM

Marcus Kruger (illness) returned to action on Saturday.

Kruger took a minor penalty as he saw 10:56 worth of playing time. Kruger ends the season with seven goals and 17 points and was a minus-five. He is worth taking late in a playoff pool only if you think the Blackhawks are going deep into the playoffs.
Apr 12 - 3:12 AM

Marcus Kruger is dealing with an illness.

Kruger is out on Thursday as a result. He has seven goals and 17 points in 80 games this season.
Apr 9 - 3:24 PM

Marcus Kruger notched a goal and an assist for Chicago as the Blackhawks downed the Canucks 3-1 to clinch a playoff spot on Thursday night.

The 24-year-old now has 17 points in 77 games this season, and helped Chicago clinch a playoff berth with the win. He assisted on the opening goal and scored the insurance marker late in the third.
Apr 3 - 1:35 AM

Marcus Kruger scored a goal in Sunday's 4-2 win over St. Louis.

His fifth goal opened the scoring in the first period and it was the first time be found the back of the net since Dec. 3. He ended a 27-game goalless drought and a 19-game pointless slump. Kruger has 13 points in 53 matches and he shouldn't be on your fantasy radar.
Feb 9 - 11:52 AM

Marcus Kruger earned a pair of assists in Thursday's 3-2 win over Boston.

He picked up helpers on first-period goals by Klas Dahlbeck and Ben Smith to help give Chicago a 2-0 lead. Kruger has contributed 10 points in 29 games this season. He's a good role player and a strong penalty killer, but he doesn't have any fantasy value.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 11:17:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Joakim Nordstrom
LW1Andrew Shaw
2Teuvo Teravainen
3Kris Versteeg
4Bryan Bickell
5Jeremy Morin
6Corey Tropp
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Ryan Garbutt
4Andrew Desjardins
5Marko Dano
6Viktor Tikhonov
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Trevor Daley
4Niklas Hjalmarsson
5David Rundblad
6Trevor van Riemsdyk
7Kyle Cumiskey
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling