Blackhawks Sign Marcus Kruger

Friday afternoon, the Chicago Blackhawks announced they had agreed to a two-year contract with Marcus Kruger. Update: Capgeek reported over the weekend that Kruger’s new deal has a $1.325M cap hit for the two years.

With Kruger signed, the Hawks will bring back almost the entire roster from the Final. Only three skaters that appeared in the Final – Viktor Stalberg, Michael Frolik and Dave Bolland – won’t be back; Ray Emery has also departed.

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9 Responses to Blackhawks Sign Marcus Kruger

  1. Sr. Brad says:

    The Hawks have let go “replaceable” players and kept the essential core…Kruger, right now, is a very essential player, anchoring a 4th line that can play 10 minutes a night and premiering on the 1st PK grouping…he’s a great kid, and I am very glad he is back…he and Shaw are the 5th round Alums…

    I also now understand why this deal took so long…Bowman stubbornly held on for a 2 year deal while Kruger’s camp, I am sure, wanted longer. By doing this, Bowman gives the Hawks great flexibility in 2 year’s time…if Kruger develops and takes another step in his progression, we can re sign him…if he doesn’t, and asks for more money, in 2 years time, we have more players from within to replace him…its the smart play by Bowman.

    And with news from the prospect’s camp this week that Danault, McNeil, and Hayden all had great weeks, the future of our Centre position looks great.

  2. EbonyRaptor says:

    I’m happy Kruger got signed. He is a very smart hockey player and one of those players that can be put into just about any position and circumstance and he’ll know what to do and give a good effort to do it. Yes, he’s physically challenged and at 23 probably won’t get appreciably bigger, but I believe he still has upside to his game and I hope he doesn’t get pigeon holed into a 4th line role. He’s a pretty good passer and with a little more upper body strength might be able to play the 2C position. He wasn’t strong enough and ready for the 2C position when he was thrown in there in 2011/12 but I hope they give him another shot at it a little down the road.

  3. wall says:

    Kruger- is a very smart, hard working kid… he won’t lose games or battles because of lack of effort or smarts – when he loses a battle/game … it is usually because the other guy or line was just better…

    Great guy to have on a team- and at 23 yrs. old- can still get better and stronger…

  4. Travis says:

    awesome! i’ve been checking for this news every couple of days.

    this young man has enormous potential because you can’t teach intelligence. my only knock on him was his propensity to take too many devastating (but mostly clean) hits. he’s taking fewer brutal hits and it hasn’t impacted his overall effectiveness. i think he’s on the verge of “figuring it out.”

    come on marcus, i believe you can crack the 10-goal, 25-point plateau, even on the 4th line!

  5. Tim G says:

    Tab- Any details on the cap hit yet?

  6. Mike says:

    Kruger’s cap hit is $1.375mm per year for 2 years. Lower than I anticipated. Some said Bowman held out for a short contract. I believe the opposite. My bet is that Bowman want 3 or 4 years at around $1.8mm, delaying a much larger contract until after some core players resign. Kruger’s agent was smart. Krugs, assuming he continues to develope, will be an UFA at the age of 25.

  7. Mike says:

    Sorry…..that Cap hit is even lower $1.325mm

  8. Sr. Brad says:

    Wow, a nice surprise for the Hawks…at $1.325 million per season, Kruger is one of the best value players in the league. Very nicely done.

  9. wall says:

    Mike, I agree w/ you… Kruger @ $1.325– a steal

    When I saw the Stalberg signing a few years ago for $.975M I was shocked that the Hawks didn’t steal/sign him for more years at that discount… than it dawned on me that 25/agent probably decided less (years) is more ($$$) sooner- they could walk as UFA!!!

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