Since the last 24 hours, it’s being reported that Blackhawks General Manager Stan Bowman and Golden Knights General Manager George McPhee have reached a deal that Chicago forward Marcus Kruger has been traded to Vegas.
It is also believed and reported that the deal between Vegas and Chicago revolves around the Golden Knights sending a 3rd round pick back to the Blackhawks that would complete the trade.
Last week I did a piece that detailed a package deal that at the NHL Expansion Draft, McPhee would be selecting Blackhawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk if Vegas would accept a trade for center Kruger.
The Hawks are currently over the cap by $4.5 million. With the reports coming out today that the salary cap will most likely stay at $73 million US, this deal between Chicago and Vegas makes sense that will enable the Blackhawks to get near or close being cap compliant for the 2017-18 season.
It was initially suggested that during the GM Meetings back in March that the salary cap would get a $3 million increase to bring the next cap cycle to $76 million US. Now that this is no longer the case, teams that are near or at the cap ceiling would most likely be reaching to McPhee for some help.
The Golden Knights have yet to make an official announcement regarding the Kruger trade.
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Stay tuned for more details as this story continues to develop.