The move comes just several hours after the Blackhawks traded Kris Versteeg, Joakim Nordstrom and a third-round selection in the 2017 entry draft to the Carolina Hurricanes. The deal cleared $2.7 million in cap space.
Kruger recorded seven goals and 10 assists in 81 games for the Blackhawks last season. Kruger was drafted by the Blackhawks in the fifth round (149th overall) of the 2009 NHL draft. Since then the 25-year-old from Sweden has tallied 28 goals and 56 assists in 287 games for Chicago.
The Blackhawks are set to open the 2015–2016 season on Oct. 7 against the New York Rangers.
- Christopher Chavez