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Morning Bag Skate: Vegas flips Marcus Kruger to Hurricanes

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The Carolina Hurricanes have officially replaced the Florida Panthers has the favorite place for former Chicago Blackhawks players to reside after their time in Chicago is over. Marcus Kruger was traded to Carolina from the Vegas Golden Knights for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick Tuesday.

Kruger, who was traded only two days prior to Vegas from Chicago for future considerations, joins former Hawks defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk as players Vegas has sent to Carolina. Kruger also will be familiar faces like Klas Dahlbeck, Scott Darling, Joakim Nordstrom and Teuvo Teravainen with the Hurricanes.

HAWKS

**Playoffs a must, but not a guarantee, for new-look Hawks (Chicago Sun Times)

**Willmette’s Wingles hopes for ‘more than just a good story’ with Hawks (Chicago Tribune)

**Johansson leaves Hawks for KHL’s CSKA Moscow (SCH)

**Projecting the Hawks’ 2017-18 season lineup (SCH)

**A farewell to the under-appreciated Kruger (SCH)

**Hawks ‘closer to deal’ with Gustafsson (SCH)

**Every Hawks trade, signing during 2017 offseason in one place (SCH)

CENTRAL DIVISION

**Avs sign Yakupov to 1-year deal (Mile High Hockey)

**Stars are Stanley Cup contenders again, and it will cost them (SBN)

**Kostin released by KHL’s Dynamo Moscow, expected to sign with Blues (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

**Blues plan to be patient with goalie prospect Fitzpatrick (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

NHL

**Every major NHL free agency signing (SBN)

**Hurricanes acquire Kruger from Vegas (Canes Country)

**Vegas locks up Lindberg for 2 years, $3.4M (Knights On Ice)

**Capitals re-sign Burakovsky to 2-year, $6M deal (PHT)

**Sharks ink Bollig to 1-year contract (Fear The Fin)

**Rangers sign Desharnais for 1-year, $1M (Blueshirt Banter)

HOCKEY WORLD

**Kovalchuk will play in KHL next season, per report (All About The Jersey)