Kruger signed a two-year contract with the ZSC Lions in Switzerland on Friday.
Kruger is coming off a 2018-19 campaign with the Blackhawks where he posted 12 points in 74 appearances. Now, after nine seasons in the NHL, the 29-year-old Swede will be spending the next two seasons back closer to home.
Kruger is expected to represent Team Sweden at the upcoming IIHF World Championships, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Kruger, who notched 12 points in 74 games this campaign, won't provide much offense for Team Sweden, but he'll be an invaluable member of the squad as a veteran leader and penalty-killing specialist.
Kruger had only two assists in 14 games in March.
Kruger has four goals and eight assists in 71 games overall this season, averaging 10:27 per game. He lacks a physical edge, with only 49 hits and 32 blocked shots, and his fourth-line deployment makes him unfavorable for fantasy purposes.
Kruger (foot) will play in Sunday's game versus the Stars, Scott Powers of The Athletic reports.
Originally deemed a game-time decision after injuring his foot while blocking a shot Friday, Kruger will slot back onto the fourth line. He adds a solid defensive presence but doesn't add much in the offensive zone with just nine points in 55 games.
Coach Jeremy Colliton is hopeful that Kruger (foot) will be able to play Sunday against the Stars, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Kruger exited Friday's loss to the Avalanche after blocking a shot with his foot, but it appears as though he's probably just battling soreness. Another update on the Swedish forward's status should surface prior to puck drop Sunday afternoon.
Kruger injured his foot during Friday's game versus the Avalanche and won't return, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Kruger blocked Tyson Barrie's shot and immediately went to the room. The 28-year-old pivot doesn't have a major fantasy impact with just nine points in 54 games, but he's a fixture on the Blackhawks' fourth line. The Blackhawks now have just 11 healthy forwards, so they'll likely need to promote a forward from AHL Rockford before Sunday's game versus the Stars.
Kruger is only averaging 10:38 of total ice time per contest this campaign, but 1:52 of that time can be attributed to his work on Chicago's penalty kill.
Kruger was never expected to produce much offense this season, so although his abilities in the faceoff circle and on the penalty kill have made him an invaluable member of the Blackhawks' roster, he has next to no value in most fantasy formats.
The Blackhawks activated Kruger (concussion) off injured reserve Friday.
Kruger returned to practice Thursday, which was the first indication that he was likely nearing a return to action. The 28-year-old Swede will almost certainly rejoin the lineup for Saturday's game against Colorado.
Kruger (concussion) was able to join his teammates on the ice Thursday, but remains on injured reserve, Chris Wescott of the Blackhawks' official site reports.
Kruger is taking steps in the right direction in his recovery; however, given the uncertain nature of concussions, it's not clear exactly when he might be back in action. Once cleared to play, the Swede should challenge for a top-six role given the team's lack of strong center depth.
The Blackhawks placed Kruger (concussion) on injured reserve Wednesday.
Kruger sustained a concussion when he took an elbow from Nashville's Ryan Hartman during Tuesday's 2-1 win over the Predators. Now that he's on IR, the Swedish pivot will be sidelined for Chicago's next three games at a minimum.
Kruger has entered the league's concussion protocol after Ryan Hartman elbowed him in Tuesday's win over the Predators, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Kruger will stay home for the team's upcoming two-game road trip that hits Dallas and Colorado. His next chance to play will be Sunday versus the Panthers, and either Andreas Martinsen or Chris Kunitz will slot onto the fourth line in his place.
Kruger left Tuesday's game versus the Predators after taking Ryan Hartman's elbow to his face, Mark Lazerus of The Athletic reports.
Kruger started bleeding immediately and went straight to the dressing room. The extent of his injury isn't clear, but if he doesn't return, Kruger will look to get healthy for Thursday's game versus the Stars.
Kruger scored a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 6-3 win over the Penguins.
It's the fourth-line center's first multi-point effort of the season, and Kruger has only four goals and five points through 30 games. He's never even scored double-digit goals in a season, so even his current modest lamp-lighting pace may not continue.
The Blackhawks activated Kruger (leg) off injured reserve Friday.
Kruger's return to action will bolster Chicago's bottom six, but it won't impact many fantasy lineups, as he's only tallied eight points in 64 appearances over the past two campaigns. The penalty-killing specialist will bump Luke Johnson from the lineup for Friday's game against the Kings.
The Blackhawks placed Kruger (leg) on injured reserve retroactive to Nov. 9 on Tuesday.
The Blackhawks have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for Kruger's return, but he'll miss Wednesday's matchup with St. Louis at a minimum now that he's on IR. The veteran pivot is primarily deployed as a penalty-killing specialist by Chicago, so his absence shouldn't impact many fantasy lineups.
Kruger (leg) will not be in the lineup Monday in Carolina.
Chicago still has not put a timetable on Kruger's return from a leg injury suffered last Thursday against the Hurricanes. He'll sit out Monday, with his status beyond that still very much up in the air.
Kruger (leg) won't travel to Philadelphia for Saturday's game against the Flyers.
The Blackhawks have yet to release any details regarding a potential timetable for Kruger's return to action, but the fact that he's not travelling with the team for Saturday's contest suggests he'll almost certainly miss Monday's game in Carolina as well. Luke Johnson will likely fill in on the fourth line until Kruger is cleared to play.
Kruger (leg) will not return to Thursday's game against the Hurricanes.
Kruger suffered the injury when he was tripped by Carolina's Clark Bishop while driving to the net in the second period of Thursday's contest. He was able to hobble off the ice under his own power, but he was clearly in pain while doing so. Another update on the penalty-killing specialist's condition should be released ahead of Saturday's matchup with Philadelphia.
Kruger has only averaged 9:30 of ice time through the first three games of the season.
The Swedish pivot has managed to pot a goal while going plus-2 over that span, but the Blackhawks brought him back for his ability in the faceoff circle rather than his scoring touch, so there's no reason to expect him to crack the 20-point mark this campaign. Kruger can safely be ignored in all fantasy formats.
Kruger recorded a goal and an assist in a 5-2 preseason victory over the Senators on Friday.
The veteran gave the Blackhawks the lead in the third period with his goal and then set up Andreas Martinsen's insurance marker. Kruger recorded just one goal and six points in 48 games with the Hurricanes last season. He played with the Blackhawks in 2016-17 and posted five goals with 17 points. Kruger should do better back with the Blackhawks, but he's still only worth rostering in very deep leagues.
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