Las Vegas–Today per multiple reports the Vegas Golden Knights have acquired forward Marcus Kruger from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for future considerations with the newest team in town.
Kruger has spent the last 398 games of his NHL career with the Chicago Blackhawks over the course of 7 seasons. There he scored 41 goals, added 86 assists for 127 points. He also brings with him 87 games of Stanley Cup Playoffs experience that are highlighted by two championships (2013 and 2015) this also includes 6 goals, 10 assists for 16 points.
Now that he is with Vegas, Kruger’s M-NTC kicks in for the upcoming season. His M-NTC has a 7 team rejection clause in it.
Kruger was originally selected Chicago in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
Update: 6:33 am July 3, 2017
Now that Kruger is a member of the Vegas Golden Knights organization, there is no retention in salary by Chicago. This was due to that they needed to be under the cap ceiling.
The Golden Knights are officially the financier of Kruger’s remaining 3-year deal. Going into the 2017-18 season he has 2 years left on his $9.25 million contract. His AAV is $3.083 mil.
When this trade was agreed between the Golden Knights and Blackhawks, the hold up for Vegas in acquiring him was that Chicago still was responsible for his $2 mil sign on bonus for the 2016-17 campaign.
Update: 10:48 am July 3, 2017
Below are comments from Kruger’s former General Manager Stan Bowman.
“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.” Per CSN Chicago
Update: 12:51 pm July 3, 2017
NHL Network Analysis of the Marcus Kruger Trade To Vegas