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Morning Bag Skate: Marcus Kruger open to taking hometown discount with Blackhawks

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Restricted free agent Marcus Kruger will settle for a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks if the team can't open enough salary cap space for a long-term deal, reports Chicago Tribune's Chris Kuc. Kruger has been pushing to get a multi-year contract inked this offseason but may not get it due to the Hawks' lack of cap space.

Here's the latest news:


**Marcus Kruger to take short deal if Hawks can't clear cap room (SCH)

**Hawks to appear in 21 games on NBC Sports during 2015-16 season (SCH)

**Jamal Mayers joins Hawks front office as community liaison (SCH)

**Hawks invite WHL goaltender Austin Lotz to Traverse City Prospects tournament (SCH)

**Fan from Oswego runs into Jonanthan Toews on his vacation (CSN Chicago)


**Predators sign Colin Wilson to four-year, $15.75 million deal (On The Forecheck)

**Avalanche sign Joey Hishon (Avs)


**Sabres fire president Ted Black, hire Russ Brandon as replacement (Die By The Blade)

**Rangers sign Derek Stepan to six-year extension (Blueshirt Banter)

**Nikolai Antropov mulling NHL return (Pro Hockey Talk)


**USHL's Chicago Steel moving to Kane County (Steel)

**WCHA coaching salaries (SBN College Hockey)

**David Backes donates $100,000 to his alma mater, Minnesota State (SBN College Hockey)