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Marcus Kruger | Center | #16

Team: Chicago Blackhawks
Age / DOB:  (25) / 5/27/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 186
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 5 (149) / CHI
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Marcus Kruger (wrist) remains on track to return around the beginning of the playoffs.
Kruger shouldn't be counted on to play again in the regular season though, so if you're holding onto him in a single season league, you should reconsider. You'd have to be in a very deep league to have picked him up in the first place though as he has just an assist in 33 games this season. Feb 3 - 3:28 PM

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Don't expect Marcus Kruger (wrist) to return before the start of the postseason.

Kruger's original timetable suggested that he would return around mid-April at the earliest and that remains true. Kruger has an assist in 33 games this season.
Jan 20 - 5:37 PM

Marcus Kruger (wrist) has been placed on injured reserve.

He underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist 10 days ago and his timetable for recovery was set for at least four months.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 11:30:00 AM

Marcus Kruger had surgery on his dislocated left wrist, and will miss at least four months taking him through mid-April.

Kruger was hurt during Thursday's game against Edmonton. It's not clear if he's a serious candidate to return during the playoffs though, assuming the Blackhawks get in. He has an assist in 33 games this season.
Source: Jeremy Woo
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 02:52:00 PM

Marcus Kruger suffered an upper-body injury Thursday versus Edmonton.

He was injured when he slid into the boards early in the second period and he was not able to return. The Blackhawks will examine Kruger further on Friday to determine his status.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 09:21:00 AM

Marcus Kruger finished Chicago's 3-0 loss to Philadelphia on Wednesday with a minus-two rating.

Kruger has no points and a minus-three rating in four contests this season. Viktor Tikhonov, Marian Hossa, and Patrick Kane were tied for the team lead in shots on goal with four.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 10:49:00 PM

Marcus Kruger was finally able to obtain his new work visa.

Kruger couldn't obtain a new visa until he signed a new contract. The two-time Stanley Cup champion got a deal done earlier this month, but he had to wait for the team to move some money around to do so. "I knew the deal from the beginning. I know the situation here and everything, [that] it might be hard," he said. "I’m happy to sign here again and be a part of this team and this organization again." Kruger is a valuable part of the organization but that doesn't always translate onto the scoresheet.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 10:32:00 AM

Marcus Kruger, who has yet to play in a preseason game due to work visa problems, will play in the Blackhawks' last two exhibition games.

Just in case you were wondering.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 12:17:00 PM

Marcus Kruger is projected to arrive at training camp as early as Wednesday.

He hasn't been able to skate yet because of some issues with his work visa. Kruger signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks earlier this month.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 06:20:00 PM

Chicago has signed Marcus Kruger to a one-year contract.

He was reportedly looking for a longer term deal, but was willing to take a shorter one in the end. The Blackhawks cleared some cap space on Friday by trading Kris Versteeg and Joakim Nordstrom to Carolina. Kruger had seven goals and 17 points in 81 games with the Blackhawks last season. He has just 84 points in 287 career contests.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 04:09:00 PM

Marcus Kruger would prefer to already have a new contract done, but he isn't worried about it yet.

"Right now I just try to focus on getting in the best shape I can be in a month from now. That's all I can do," said the restricted free agent. "Then, I think everything else will sort out. I love playing hockey. I know I'm going to do that. We will see what happens, but I'm not too worried about it." His preference is to receive a long-term deal, but he is willing to take a shorter contract because of Chicago's lack of cap space.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 11:36:00 AM

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.
Tue, Jul 28, 2015 09:58:00 AM

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.
Mon, Jul 13, 2015 10:49:00 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
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 05:36:00 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.
Mon, Jul 6, 2015 01:20:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Jonathan Toews
2Artem Anisimov
3Marcus Kruger
4Andrew Desjardins
5Dennis Rasmussen
LW1Artemi Panarin
2Teuvo Teravainen
3Andrew Shaw
4Phillip Danault
5Jiri Sekac
RW1Patrick Kane
2Marian Hossa
3Richard Panik
4Brandon Mashinter
D1Duncan Keith
2Brent Seabrook
3Niklas Hjalmarsson
4Trevor van Riemsdyk
5Erik Gustafsson
6Rob Scuderi
7Michal Rozsival
G1Corey Crawford
2Scott Darling