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Blackhawks' Marcus Kruger will travel, could play on road trip

The Swedish forward could return to action for the first time since Dec. 18.

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Chicago Blackhawks' forward Marcus Kruger will travel with the team for their three-game road trip, coach Joel Quenneville told reporters following Wednesday's morning skate.

The Blackhawks play a back-to-back at Calgary and Vancouver on Saturday and Sunday, respectively, before heading back state side next Tuesday at Minnesota.

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.

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.