Coyotes acquire Marcus Kruger from Carolina


The Arizona Coyotes have officially acquired Marcus Kruger and a 2018 third-round pick from the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Jordan Martinook and a 2018 fourth-round selection.

It’s not often that you see two teams, even non-playoff teams, make a deal during the NHL postseason, but Carolina and Arizona began their offseason work early.

Kruger, a former member of the Blackhawks, has one year at a $3.08 million cap hit remaining on the deal he originally signed with Chicago in 2016. He was dealt twice last summer – first to Vegas, then to Carolina – after the Hawks decided they could no longer afford to pay such a lucrative cap hit to a fourth-line center.

“We are very pleased to add Marcus to the Coyotes,” said Chayka. “Marcus is a solid, two-way center who is very responsible defensively and has good speed and skill. He’s an excellent penalty-killer and will provide us with good depth at the center ice position.”

The 27-year-old Kruger registered 1-5-6 and 28 penalty minutes (PIM) in 48 games with the Hurricanes this season. The 6-foot, 186-pound native of Stockholm, Sweden has totaled 34-77-111 with 204 PIM in 446 career NHL games with the Chicago Blackhawks and Hurricanes. He helped Chicago win Stanley Cup championships in 2013 and 2015