Marcus Kruger returned to practice Sunday for the first time since dislocating his left wrist in December, reports Chris Hine of the Chicago Tribune.
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Kruger, 25, signed a three-year extension worth $9.25 million earlier this month. He was set to become a restricted free agent for the second consecutive offseason. Last summer, he waited until August before settling for a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
Coach Joel Quenneville said last week Kruger "could" play by the end of March during the Hawks' Western Canada road trip. The Hawks play a back-to-back against the Calgary Flames and Vancouver Canucks on March 26 and 27, respectively.
The Swedish forward underwent successful surgery to repair a dislocated left wrist Dec. 18 that he suffered in a 4-0 win over the Oilers the night before. His initial timetable to return was 'approximately four months' and it appears it has not changed. He has one assist in 33 games this season, although he's played his usual role as a key penalty killer. Chicago placed him on injured reserve Dec. 28.