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Marcus Kruger traded to Golden Knights by Blackhawks

Chicago will receive future considerations from Vegas for 27-year-old forward

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Forward Marcus Kruger was traded to the Vegas Golden Knights by the Chicago Blackhawks for future considerations Sunday.

Kruger, 27, had 17 points (five goals, 12 assists) in 70 games for the Blackhawks last season and one assist in four Stanley Cup Playoff games. His best offensive season was 2013-14, when he finished with 28 points (eight goals, 20 assists).

 

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"We thank Marcus for his many contributions to our team, most notably two Stanley Cup championships," Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said in a statement. "His work ethic, reliability and strength as a two-way player made him a valuable member of the organization. We wish him the best with Vegas."

In 398 NHL games, Kruger has 105 points (33 goals, 72 assists) and has 16 points (six goals, 10 assists) in 87 playoff games. The fifth-round pick (No. 149) of the Blackhawks in the 2009 NHL Draft was a member of their Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2013 and 2015.

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Kruger has two years remaining on a three-year contract that has an average annual value of $3.083,333, according to CapFriendly.com. He can become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2019.

Chicago lost defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to Vegas in the NHL Expansion Draft. Van Riemsdyk was traded by Vegas to the Carolina Hurricanes.

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