Marcus Kruger

#16 C / Chicago Blackhawks / EXP: 5YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 181 lb Age: 25 College: None

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INJURY ALERT: IR | Wrist | Out until at least Apr 19
  • by RotoWire Staff | Special to

    Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Placed on injured reserve

    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.

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    Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Out four months

    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.

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    Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger: Leaves game Thursday with undisclosed injury

    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.

  • Kruger Signs One-Year Contract With Blackhawks

    News: Marcus Kruger signed a one-year contract with the Blackhawks on Friday.
    Analysis: It took far longer than expected, but a trade that sent Kris Versteeg to the Hurricanes on Friday gave the Hawks the cap space they needed to finally get a deal done with Marcus Kruger. Kruger isn't a potent offensive contributor, as he only registered 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 81 games with Chicago last season. He is, however, a penalty-killing stud, and a force to be reckoned with in the faceoff dot, skills that make him a valuable commodity for the Hawks. He will likely return to a bottom-six role with Chicago in 2015-16.
  • Hawks' Kruger Could Be Re-Signed By Wednesday

    News: Marcus Kruger could have a new contract before the start of NHL free agency on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.
    Analysis: Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said that re-signing Marcus Kruger -- along with Brandon Saad and Andrew Desjardins -- is a top priority. Kruger's a defensive center and penalty-killing specialist who excels in the faceoff dot, but doesn't contribute much offensively, with only seven goals and 10 assists during the 2014-15 regular season. He may also need offseason surgery for injuries suffered during the Hawks' Stanley Cup run.
  • Surgery Could Be Needed For Hawks' Kruger

    News: Marcus Kruger admitted Tuesday that he dealt with a couple of injuries during the playoffs, but wasn't certain if offseason surgery will be necessary, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.
    Analysis: Marcus Kruger wouldn't reveal the nature of the injuries, but he had been viewed as questionable heading into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals after he was on the receiving end of a hard hit from the Ducks' Ryan Kesler in the previous round. The fourth-line center didn't miss any of the six games in Finals, but failed to make much of an impact from a statistical standpoint. Even if Kruger is forced to go under the knife at some point, the long summer off should provide him with enough time to prepare for the start of training camp.
  • Hawks' Kruger

    News: Marcus Kruger is "fine" and will play in Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
    Analysis: Marcus Kruger didn't play much after taking a big hit from the Ducks' Ryan Kesler with about 13 minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday's Game 7. However, at that point the Hawks had the game pretty well in hand, so Krugers' lack of ice time was likely a precautionary measure. Kruger has tallied two goals and one assist thus far during Chicago's playoff run.
  • Hawks' Kruger Pots Triple-OT Winner

    News: Marcus Kruger scored his second goal of the playoffs with 3:48 remaining in the third overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 victory over the Ducks.
    Analysis: A big-time goal for Marcus Kruger, but fairly typically, the centerman hasn't provided a ton of offense in these playoffs -- he has no assists to go with his two markers and has only taken more shots in a game three times. Kruger's fantasy value remains quite limited as a depth-line player.
  • Blackhawks' Kruger Likely Back In Saturday

    News: Marcus Kruger (illness) is likely to play Saturday against the Avalanche, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.
    Analysis: Marcus Kruger participated in line rushes during Saturday's morning skate after missing Thursday's game against the Blues, so it looks like he's no longer feeling under the weather. Expect him to replace Andrew Desjardins on the club's fourth line.
  • Hawks' Kruger Out Thursday

    News: Marcus Kruger (illness) won't play Thursday against the Blues.
    Analysis: Marcus Kruger is traveling with the Blackhawks on their current road trip, so there's still a possibility he could play in the regular-season finale Saturday in Colorado. After a two-point effort in last Thursday's win over Vancouver, Kruger has not recorded a point over his last three contests, and has notched a mere 17 points and 30 PIM in 80 games for the Hawks to date.
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