Marcus Kruger had himself a very interesting week as he was traded twice within 48 hours by going from the Chicago Blackhawks to the Vegas Golden Knight before finally settling in with the Carolina Blackhawks…..I mean Hurricanes.
“I didn’t expect anything and tried to not think about it too much,” Kruger told Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune about the last few days. “But I knew the possibility something could happen was there. It’s mostly been the last few days where it’s really been real.”
Kruger, 27, embraced a defensive role on the Blackhawks bottom six over the past six seasons. He goes from veteran led squad with the Blackhawks to pretty young team in Carolina.
“If you look at the lineup, it’s maybe a little bit younger than it was in Chicago,” Kruger said. “I’m probably one of the older guys now. It’s a little bit different but if I get that role, I’m going to come in, try to be myself and help out in whatever way I can to help the team be successful. We’ll see how it all plays out.”
Kruger will not have too much of an adjustment period as his new team includes plenty of ex-Blackhawks teammates including Klas Dahlbeck, Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom, Teuvo Teravainen and Trevor van Riemsdyk.