Marcus Kruger Out 4 Months

The Blackhawks announced on Friday that center Marcus Kruger had successful surgery to repair a dislocation of his left wrist. The statement indicated Kruger will return to hockey activities in approximately four months.

Kruger, 25, was injured during Thursday night’s 4-0 win against Edmonton. One of the team’s top penalty killers, Kruger has excelled while short-handed and carved himself a niche as an outstanding bottom six center.

He signed a one-year deal with the Blackhawks late in the offseason and will be a restricted free agent again this coming summer. Kruger had one assist in 33 games so far this season.

41 thoughts on “Marcus Kruger Out 4 Months

  1. This is not “doom and gloom” Hawk fans, just a bump in the road. We have a center down at Rockford that can step in and do a good job.

    Marcus will be back in time for the playoffs. This has been a tough year for him, too. Let’s not jump off any ledges, yet.

  2. While I really appreciate the play Kruger is and how he plays his role on this team, I’m less worried about losing him for 4 months than I was when Hammer went down last night. Losing him would be a huge blow.

    I got hit on the inside of the knee back in HS and remember being crippled for a little while, but bouncing back quickly. Seemed like the same place 4 got hit last night.

  3. The cap savings from Kruger on LTIR, while not substantial given his low $1.5 M salary, are still meaningful for the Hawks right now. Danault will gobble up a lot of that, but every nickel helps. GOLDEN opportunity in the next few months for Danault and Kero to prove they are replacements for Kruger on this roster next season.

  4. Reg, Hawks already recalled a that center from Rockford in Danault. They got another one in Kero that could do the job too.

  5. He hasn’t always been his best this year (that can be said for some of the other players too) but I really enjoy watching him play his game. He’s a pistol out there. Hope he recovers quickly and he can get back for the playoff run.

  6. Ouch. An elite young leader and defensive forward, playing at a bargain price, this is an injury that is going to drive the coaching staff crazy. They are stuck with replacing a player they never had to worry about, with a young project. This is not a speedbump. I sincerely hope he can make it back at 100% from this awful injury by playoff time, a defensive C with a bum wrist is not a good situation. The Hawks’ depth and selfless play from the bottom 6 has yielded cups, and this is a big turd in the punchbowl.

    Morgzie, they should call that play the Swedish knee massage for as many times as 4 has taken pucks off the inside of the knee. He skates bow legged and seems to lack the part of his brain that remembers how much that hurts. Was it against Boston (maybe Detroit?) that he finished his shift on one wobbly leg when he refused to leave the D zone after a direct slap shot to his knee? The guy is insane, most NHL players are, but 4 is a cut above. Sadly so is 16, his mental toughness will be missed, hope he can heal up.

  7. Not sure how serious this injury is or if it is something that ends up becoming a nagging thing down the road for Kruger. I guess this is the reason I don’t begrudge a player trying to get maximum value on a contract. The risk of being injured on a freak play. It may turn out to be nothing, but I can’t imagine this helps his negotiation position this coming off season. Hope that we can find an adequate replacement from the players we have down in Rockford…

  8. Hence the DANAULT call up!

    DAMN . . . We’ll now see the impact Marcus has on the 4th line. He’s been playing energized all year. One guy who was over due to get TKO’d sometime due to his all out effort and him being a target by goonish opponents.

    I wish him well and a fast recovery.

  9. Marcus is sort of kind of not replaceable. He is totally relentless and active and quick to close on the puck. He is often brilliant at the DOT too, Q depends on him more than Toews even. No ICE HOG wanna be will pay that price and have that skill set.

    Hawks will find someone to fill the hole and maybe even score a fistful of goals and look effective but Marcus is every shift, i mean every shift!

  10. I have no idea how guys like Kruger, Shaw, and Hammer were able to come back from the summer after the beatings they took during the Road to the Cup last season.

    Some tend to complain and whine about the slow offensive start, but I’m more inclined to believe there are several dead tired Hawks who are showing the effects of playing FAR more games than their Western Conference opponents the last 3 years. See 16 and 65 for examples.

    BTW, Merry Christmas to fellow Hawk fans AND GO HAWKS

  11. Feel bad for Krugs – being out for the rest of the year will put him in a tougher spot as an RFA at the end of the season. I am less inclined to believe that he will return to the Hawks given our need for every cap dollar we can find. Hope things work out for a guy that has given so much to the organization.

  12. Kruger will be missed on the PK. I put him in the same camp with #19 when it comes to effort. He gives 100+ % every night. Speedy recovery and get back in time for the real season.

  13. Putting Kruger on LTIR will increase the Cap space Stan has to use by about $600K (Kruger’s cap hit of $1.5M – Danault’s cap hit of $863K), Add that $600K to the $1M from waiving Tikhonov and the $1M from the Daley/Scuderi trade and Stan should have over $2.6M at the TDL, which might be enough to get a #4D as a rental. An the similar to last season with Kane, Kruger should be ready to come back about the time the playoffs start.

    Plus Danault gets some game experience under his belt and gives Stan a chance to assess where he fits in the Hawks plans moving forward.

  14. Danault- also comes to play every shift… and like Kruger- will stick his nose into the boards without a care… actually has better hands… BUT- don’t know how/if his IQ is on par with Kruger…

    Moose (although slow)… has actually impressed me with his IQ on/into the NHL…
    IF- Danault -is as smart… Hawks will be ok… if not… Kero has shown the ability- to be in the right places…

  15. Fwiw, I just got into an argument with my dad. He said the Hawks “called that new guy back up”. He swears they said Dano. I said are you sure they didn’t say Danault (knowing he was the one recalled). Said no, they said Dano. I’m just telling you what they said.

    Can you imagine Foley and Olczyk when Dano and Danault are up. It’s only a matter of time.

  16. Trevor van Riemsdyk is the number 4. A more pressing need would be a 5. Scuderi, Rozsival are 6’s imo.

    A 3lw may also be a need, although that 3rd line has shown some things, hopefully that lasts and they can bank the space towards Panarin’s bonuses to lessen the blow towards next year. Within the last 10 days or so the Hawks cap situation doesn’t look so dire. Hell, they have more space than the Blue Jackets.

    Hey Wall, Coyotes said theyd pay up for a top notch goalie. Would you send Crawford to the desert?

  17. This reminds me of when Bolly was hurt/surgery for 16mths in 2010 and when he came back he was 100% fresh (which is big for this type of player) it was a boost for the team. Even though this is not a good thing there a good things that will come from this. Someone like Danault/etc. will get better by playing full min/important min. Wouldn’t have ever got with a full roster.

    Can we use the 1.5m the same way like we did with 88 caphit because the injury was past the 82 games.

  18. As long as Kruger doesn’t come off LTIR prior to the end of the regular season. No cap in the playoffs, so he could come back 1st game of the playoffs and Hawks be over by 1.5.

    Now, he hasn’t been placed on LTIR yet. The Hawks will wait until they can manipulate it as best as possible. That most likely means Mashinter being placed on waivers and sent down to call up more money in order to maximize the LTIR. The Hawks won’t automatically get 1.5 over the cap

  19. Rasmussen is waiver exempt (I believe) so I believe he and Mashinter would be sent down, at least on paper. Mashinter would have to pass through waivers. Then 2 of Haggerty (injured?), Pokka, Dano would be recalled. If Haggerty is not injured Danault would be sent down (paper move) and Haggerty up. That adds 62k for the Hawks theoretical ceiling. So the Hawks new ceiling would be 1.263 over the cap….if math adds up. In my basement putting in electric lines so I could be wrong.

    So, after the Holiday roster freeze is lifted. Look for Mashinter on waivers. Rasmussen and Danault sent down. Pokka, Haggerty,Dano called up. Kruger placed on LTIR. Pokka, Haggerty, Dano sent down. Rasmussen, Danault recalled. Hawks new ceiling 1.263 million higher than it is today.

  20. Trevor Daley with a goal tonight to tie up the game for Pittsburg…has big ice time minutes as well..early in the 2nd.

  21. Well Pittsburg ended up getting clobbered anyway with some guy named Frank Valrano getting a hat trick. Who the heck is Frank Valtrano? Should we be worried about Frank Valtrano? Nooner game start in Buffalo gets me out of a ton of things tomorrow so bonus for me.

  22. It’s Vatrano. Point taken though. Didn’t think it was possible, but Rutherford really screwed up that team even more than they already were.

  23. That’s big, again. Can use 16 1.5m over the cap in the playoffs just like use 88 6.3m. Even though 1.5 isint as much its big and could have a 3m player at 50% retained.

  24. Vatrano it is! Thanks Ernie. My eyes are going , you know, cataracts. Rangers lose yet again…they are falling apart before our very eyes and the mighty Lightning lose again thus staying out of Wild Card territory. Couple that up with the Ducks and the Penguins and you have 4 of the bigger contenders sliding badly or out of it. Ranger fans must be beside themselves at this point.

  25. Frank Vatrano-5-9 201, just like me except I’m an old dude! This guy is a hometown Boston area newbie…gonna be a big time fan fav now! Boston quietly moving up the ladder in the standings. Very surprising. If things stay somewhat in the current state of chaos and flux then the Blackhawks just might be able to take advantage of weakness’s and with our experience pull it off yet again. I smell opportunity on the plains. Patience.

  26. I’m pretty sure that I read in the Trib that Dr. Michael Terry said that it’ll be 4 months until Kruger can begin “hockey related activities”. That makes me a bit nervous. Although I suppose he can keep his legs and lungs in shape while the wrist heals. A weak wrist could make winning draws hard and that’s become another big part of Q’s trust in him – and keeps 19 ice time down. Hope he recovers fast.

  27. Damn it. This hurts. It hurts for him and it hurts for everybody. Kruger is a key role player and team member.

    This will not affect his contract status, because the Blackawks take care of their own and Kruger is one of their own. Just as Shaw is for that matter.

    The only positive news is that it opens up a very interesting competition between 3-4 young Centers for the bottom C positions. That should help in the long run, this season and beyond.

    The youngster C crop looks really, really impressive by the way. Rasmussen and Kero have been excellent. It’s Danault’s time to showcase himself. Instinct says he will, so the competition between them will be exhilarating for the coaching staff and us the fans.

  28. I find very interesting and eye opening how the Blackhawks have a much better record that the Bolts and Ducks and similar record to the Rangers. These 4 teams are the Conference finalists.

    First of all the Hawks won it all, risked most the letdown, had major turnover unlike the others, had the Kane distraction, Keith out for a month, play in the best division.

    This is proof on the awesome job management and coaching staff did and do. Second of all, those negatives (roster turnover, Kane distraction, Keith injured and no Cup letdown) actually acted as a positive for the group. I think what that shows is leadership within the players.

    It looks to me like everybody is on the same page, from top to bottom. And that page doesn’t include making excuses and accept losing. I’m very optimistic and admirative.

  29. Ernie, I know you are bating/sarcastic… But – if Yotes offered Dvorak and a pick for Crow this summer… BYE- BYE Crow … Dvorak- is gonna be a stud… wins about 65% of FO’s…

    But this deal would need to take place this summer (or Hawks would have to also make a deal for another Goalie)… Darling has no confidence right now… (which could change-quickly… but still need to find another G)

  30. Timelines don’t mean much for me. Look at Kanes injury last year. Back in just over half the initial date if memory serves correct. Danault had surgery August 18 and was said to be return to hockey related activities in 4-6months. That to me means he starts skating anywhere between December and February. Not only was he back skating but he was playing games earlier than that. Apparently he played with the injury all last year. At least with a wrist he can stay in shape and skate.

  31. Wow a mighty one assist. Remember when he was the second line center of the future?

    He was having a rough year anyway. Hopefully Danault can do some work.

  32. Wall – put down the crack pipe -Crow isn’t being traded (nor is Teuvo). Other posters should know not to bait you!

  33. MS- completely agree… on Crow… But- next summer… a lot of things could happen… BUT- Darling has seemed to regress – some… and Crow has been Really good thus far… so this season… NOT…

    But in the summer??? Hawks – need to pay TT/72,,, sooner than later… SO- Ya never know!!!

  34. Regarding Crawford, I was curious what it would take. Obviously Crawford isn’t going anywhere during the season and that’s the time the Coyotes want someone because Smith will be out for a few months. A goalie won’t help them a few months from now.

    Regarding Panarin and Teravainen’s new deals. They’re eligible to be resigned after July 1. I think it depends how the rest of the year plays out. Wouldn’t be surprised to see the Hawks want those two to bring it for another year. Depends on where their stock is. We saw them extend TVR when his stock was low, and they got a deal. All sides may want to wait to see what the cap and Canadian dollar does .

  35. Not sure this type, like 88 as well, thinking was 8-12 range so 8 wks normal just didnt expect that were happy with 10 and when was 8 thinking make sure good to go. With 16, is there range this type 12-16 wks or is a 16 like 57 was. Regardless if we have to play without 16 for 12 might as well do 16, even if hes ready, to use the extra 1.5 for moar depth when it matters.

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