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Marcus Kruger, Trevor van Riemsdyk among Blackhawks left unprotected in expansion draft

Marcus Kruger, Trevor van Riemsdyk among Blackhawks left unprotected in expansion draft

After more than a year of speculation, NHL teams on Sunday revealed their protected lists for Wednesday's expansion draft for the Vegas Golden Knights.

From the Blackhawks perspective, there were no surprises in whom they left vulnerable.

Center Marcus Kruger and defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk were the most notable names the Hawks left unprotected among players under contract for next season or beyond. The Hawks would like to shed the contract of Kruger, who carries a salary-cap hit of about $3.1 million.

According to the draft rules, the Knights must select one player from every team and the Hawks had to protect any players with no-movement clauses in their contracts....

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