Kruger was placed on injured reserve Monday, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Kruger's move to injured reserve is likely just to open up a spot on the roster, which has now been filled by the recall of Erik Gustafsson on Monday. He's still expected to miss about four months because of the issue, with more updates likely available as he begins to progress on the road to recovery.
Kruger underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist Friday, and will be sidelined for the next four months as a result. Kruger suffered the injury in the second period of Thursday's game against the Oilers when he went crashing into the boards behind Edmonton's net. Although he hasn't contributed offensively this season, tallying a single assist in 33 games, he's been relied on heavily as a penalty killer, an area where he'll be missed most during his absence. The 25-year-old forward will hope to return to action in time for a potential postseason run in April. Chicago will likely place the former fifth-round pick on long-term injured reserve in order to free up some much needed cap space.
Kruger left Thursday's game against the Oilers with an undisclosed injury and will not return, Tracey Myers of CSN Chicago reports. It remains unclear exactly what the injury is, but he was seen holding his left hand/wrist on the bench. He'll sit the rest of Thursday's game out and should be considered questionable for Saturday's matchup with the Sabres.
Marcus Kruger signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Friday.
Marcus Kruger could have a new contract before the start of NHL free agency on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
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