Blackhawks agree to terms with Kruger
The Chicago Blackhawks announced today they have agreed to terms with forward Marcus Kruger on a three-year contract extension, which runs through the end of the 2018-19 National Hockey League season.
Kruger, 25, registered one assist in 33 games with Chicago this season, prior to being placed on Injured Reserve on Dec. 28. The two-time Stanley Cup champion recorded 17 points (7G, 10A) in 81 games with the Blackhawks last season en route to the 2015 Stanley Cup championship. He added four points (2G, 2A) over 23 postseason games, including a triple-overtime tally in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final against the Anaheim Ducks. Kruger led team forwards with 180:01 of shorthanded time on ice in the regular season and ranked second with a 53.3 faceoff win percentage.
The Stockholm, Sweden, native has totaled 85 points (28G, 57A) over 320 career NHL games, all with Chicago. He was also a member of the Blackhawks’ 2013 Stanley Cup championship team and has collected 14 points (6G, 8A) in 76 career postseason contests. Kruger was drafted by Chicago in the fifth round (149th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft.