Today the hockey news machine is out in full force as RDS.ca in Canada and NBCSports in the United States are reporting that Vegas Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee and Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman are in discussions that would bring forward Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk to Nevada’s thriving Metropolis.
For current Hawks forward Kruger he played in 70 games this season with Chicago knotting 5 goals and adding 12 assists. He also played in the 4 game series sweep loss against the Nashville Predators where he registered 1 assist.
Kruger has 398 games of NHL experience under his belt that includes scoring 33 goals and pitching in with 72 assists at 105 points. In addition, Kruger has 87 games of Stanley Cup Playoffs games to his credit with 6 goals and 10 assists.
The Swedish forward does have 2 Stanley Cup Championships to his credit when the Blackhawks won it in 2013 and 2015.
As for defenseman van Riemsdyk he suited up in 58 games this season with the Blackhawks as he recorded 5 goals and 11 assists for 16 points. Like Kruger, he played in the series sweep loss against the Predators where he did not register a single point.
van Riemsdyk has 158 games of NHL experience under his belt with 8 goals and 23 assists to his credit at 31 points. In his short time in the NHL he also has 15 games Stanley Cup Playoffs under his belt that includes 1 point.
The good thing for Vegas in taking van Riemsdyk is that he has the skill set to play a shutdown role that allows him to make it difficult for opposing forwards to play their game effectively. He also a 2-time Stanley Cup Champion (2013 and 2015).
If this deal does come to fruition, a conditional pick will also be included (it is believed that the pick would be a 1st rounder).
For updates on this developing story, please stay tuned as more information becomes available.