Blackhawks making Marcus Kruger, Chris Kunitz, Andreas Martinsen available for trades, per report
Kunitz would have to waive his full no-movement clause to be dealt.
The Blackhawks are making forwards Marcus Kruger, Chris Kunitz and Andreas Martinsen available in trade discussions, reports Scott Powers of The Athletic.
As Powers notes, Kruger’s modified no-trade clause includes seven teams he can’t be traded to. Those seven teams are not known. Kunitz, however, has a full no-movement clause and he would have to waive it to be shipped out of Chicago.
Kruger has four goals and seven points in 42 games this season as a bottom-six center. Chicago re-acquired the 28-year-old last July in a seven-player trade with Arizona. Kruger carries a $3,083,333 salary cap hit and is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
The 39-year-old veteran Kunitz has one goal and three points in 27 games after signing a one-year deal worth $3 million in the offseason. He scored 13 goals and 29 points last season with the Lightning after winning the Stanley Cup in back-to-back seasons with the Penguins. He’s seven games shy of hitting the 1,000-game mark in his NHL career.
Chicago assigned the 28-year-old Martinsen earlier this month after he cleared waivers. The sizeable winger at 6-foot-3 and 229 pounds had a goal and three assists in 24 NHL games before grabbing two assists in five AHL games.