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Hurricanes Place Kruger, Jooris on Waivers

Forwards can be assigned to Charlotte if they clear

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes /

The Carolina Hurricanes today placed forwards Marcus Kruger and Josh Jooris on waivers.

If either player clears waivers on Friday at noon, the Hurricanes can assign them to the Charlotte Checkers of the American Hockey League.

"We're going to try to dress the lineup that we think is going to be able to compete and be dangerous offensively every night," head coach Bill Peters said after practice on Thursday.

Kruger, 27, has tallied a goal and five assists (six points) in 48 games with the Hurricanes in 2017-18 and was a healthy scratch on Feb. 6. The Canes acquired the Stockholm, Sweden, native from the Vegas Golden Knights shortly after the expansion draft. A two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks, Kruger has totaled 111 points (34g, 77a) in 446 career NHL games.

Jooris, 27, has posted three goals and three assists (six points) in 30 games with the Hurricanes in 2017-18 and has been a healthy scratch for 24 games this season, including the team's last eight contests. Carolina signed Jooris to a one-year contract on July 1 after the Burlington, Ont., native split the 2016-17 season between Arizona and New York. Jooris has totaled 55 points (23g, 32a) in 203 career NHL games.

"We'll see what happens," Peters said. "Two good players, NHL players. Good men. We'll go from there."

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