NHL trades: Marcus Kruger heads to Hurricanes days after joining Golden Knights

Marcus Kruger is on the move for the second time in three days.

The Vegas Golden Knights traded the forward to the Hurricanes on Tuesday, two days after acquiring him from the Blackhawks. Chicago had offloaded the 27-year-old center to Vegas in an effort to clear up salary cap space.

Kruger is a defense-first center, known more for his penalty-killing and faceoff-winning prowess than his scoring ability. He totaled five goals and 12 assists in 70 games last season. The Hurricanes surrendered a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to bring him to Carolina.

"We were determined to bring in experienced players with winning pedigrees and Marcus is another addition who fits that mold," Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis said in a release. "He's a solid, two-way center who has achieved success both in the NHL and internationally."

Kruger helped the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup title in 2013 and 2015 and was part of the Swedish team that won this year's IIHF World Championship.

Source : http://www.sportingnews.com/nhl/news/nhl-trades-marcus-kruger-hurricanes-vegas-golden-knights-blackhawks/t0vwm308q38v18w313oormufz

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