Blackhawks re-sign Kruger, trade Versteeg, Nordstrom to Hurricanes
SEP 11, 4:20p ET | FOX Sports
Rotowire: Sep 11 / 1:26p ET
News: Kruger signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Blackhawks on Friday.
Impact: It took far longer than expected, but a trade that sent Kris Versteeg to the Hurricanes on Friday gave the Hawks the cap space they needed to finally get a deal done with Kruger. Kruger isn't a potent offensive contributor, as he only registered 17 points (seven goals, 10 assists) in 81 games with Chicago last season. He is, however, a penalty-killing stud, and a force to be reckoned with in the faceoff dot, skills that make him a valuable commodity for the Hawks. He will likely return to a bottom-six role with Chicago in 2015-16.
StatsLLC: Sep 11 / 12:00a ET
News: The Blackhawks signed Kruger to a one-year contract Friday after trading Kris Versteeg to Carolina.
Impact: The 25-year-old Kruger was selected by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2009 draft and has spent his entire career with the Blackhawks. He had seven goals and 10 assists in 81 games last season.