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When will Blackhawks cut a deal with Marcus Kruger?

When will Blackhawks cut a deal with Marcus Kruger?

Barring an unlikely development, Marcus Kruger will be back with the Blackhawks in 2015-16. The only questions remaining are when a new contract for the restricted free-agent center will be finalized and what the terms will be. According to agent J.P. Barry, Kruger is waiting for general manager Stan Bowman to clear space under the salary cap before agreeing to terms. Kruger did not file for salary arbitration with the hope of signing a longer-term contract with the Hawks, but they are currently right up against the $71.4 million cap. In an email to the Tribune on Monday, Barry wrote that "we will be patient" while Bowman looks for ways to make room. As a restricted free...

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