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Blackhawks, Kruger ‘still talking’ as two sides try to negotiate new deal

2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final - Game Five

TAMPA, FL - JUNE 13: Marcus Kruger #16 of the Chicago Blackhawks in action against the Tampa Bay Lightning during Game Five of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final at Amalie Arena on June 13, 2015 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Carlson/Getty Images)

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The summer days continue to tick by and still no deal for Chicago Blackhawks center Marcus Kruger, however general manager Stan Bowman told ESPN Chicago the two sides are “still talking.”

From ESPN Chicago:

Bowman said he would like to come to terms with Kruger before training camp in September.

“I think with all our players, you want to have them signed before camp,” Bowman said. “I think it’s always ideal to have your guys with as much preparation as possible. We’re working towards that and ultimately we’ll see how the timing works out.”

According to General Fanager, the Blackhawks have $231,540 in cap space.

Kruger, 25, scored seven goals and 17 points last regular season.

He also came with a cap hit of 1.325 million over the last two seasons, however it’s been widely reported his goal is to sign a long-term contract this summer, and he was willing to wait for Chicago to clear up some of its salary cap issues.

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