Marcus Kruger C CHI 5 days ago

Kruger could have a new contract before the start of NHL free agency on Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Blackhawks' general manager Stan Bowman said that Kruger along with Brandon Saad, both restricted free agents and unrestricted free agent Andrew Desjardins are considered priorities to re-sign. After winning the Stanley Cup, Kruger admitted that he dealt with a few injuries during the Stanley Cup run and was unsure if he would need surgery in the off-season. Kruger's thing is not on the offensive end with only seven goals and 10 assists during the 2014-15 regular season. He is the Blackhawks penalty-killing specialist who matches up against the top centermen on the other team. Kruger also excels on the face-off. He is completing a two-year, $2.65 million contract after the 2012-13 season.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 3 weeks ago

Kruger admitted Tuesday that he dealt with a couple of injuries during the playoffs, but wasn't certain if offseason surgery will be necessary, ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers reports.

Kruger wouldn't reveal the nature of the injuries, but he had been viewed as questionable heading into Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals after he was on the receiving end of a hard hit from the Ducks' Ryan Kesler in the previous round. The fourth-line center didn't miss any of the six games in Finals, but failed to make much of an impact from a statistical standpoint. Even if Kruger is forced to go under the knife at some point, the long summer off should provide him with enough time to prepare for the start of training camp.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 1 month ago

Kruger is "fine" and will play in Wednesday's Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against Tampa Bay, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.

Kruger didn't play much after taking a big hit from the Ducks' Ryan Kesler with about 13 minutes remaining in the third period of Saturday's Game 7. However, at that point the Hawks had the game pretty well in hand, so Krugers' lack of ice time was likely a precautionary measure. Kruger has tallied two goals and one assists thus far during Chicago's playoff run.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 1 month ago

Kruger scored his second goal of the playoffs with 3:48 remaining in the third overtime of Tuesday's Game 2 victory over the Ducks.

Fairly typically, the centerman hasn't provided a ton of offense in these playoffs -- he has no assists to go with his two markers and has only taken more shots in a game three times. Kruger's fantasy value remains quite limited as a depth-line player.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 3 months ago

Kruger (illness) is likely to play Saturday against the Avalanche, CSN Chicago's Tracey Myers reports.

Kruger participated in line rushes during Saturday's morning skate after missing Thursday's game against the Blues, so it looks like he's no longer feeling under the weather. Expect him to replace Andrew Desjardins on the club's fourth line.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 3 months ago

Kruger (illness) won't play Thursday against the Blues.

After a two-point effort in last Thursday's win over Vancouver, Kruger has not recorded a point over his last three games. Overall, he has notched 17 points and 30 PIM in 80 games for the Hawks to date.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 3 months ago

Kruger will play in Sunday's game against the Blues, ESPN Chicago reports.

Kruger suffered a minor injury during Friday's game against the Sabres, but he was able to return and finish out the contest. There's no reason to think he won't be his usual self for Sunday's big matchup with the Blues.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 3 months ago

Kruger was able to return to Friday's game after leaving with an undisclosed injury in the second period, Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Luckily for the Blackhawks and fantasy owners, Kruger's ailment wasn't serious enough to keep him out of Friday's contest. Although he may be a little banged up after Friday's game, Kruger shouldn't be in any danger of missing Sunday's matchup with the Blues.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 3 months ago

Kruger left Friday's game against the Sabres with an undisclosed injury, Mark Lazerus of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Kruger fell to the ice in pain after taking a big hit from Tyson Strachan in the second period of Friday's game. At this point in time it isn't clear whether he'll be able to return Friday's contest. If he's held out for the remainder of Friday's matchup, the Blackhawks should provide an update on his status in the coming days.

Marcus Kruger C CHI 3 months ago

Kruger scored a goal on a team-high-tying five shots, added an assist and went plus-2 in Thursday's win over Vancouver.

Kruger's last multi-point effort came way, way back on Dec. 11, and he hadn't fired as many as five shots on net since Dec. 6. So this was a unicorn of a game for Kruger, whose role for Chicago is largely defensive.