F Marcus Kruger agrees to contract extension with Blackhawks

CHICAGO (AP) — Injured forward Marcus Kruger has agreed to a $9.25 million, three-year contract extension with the Chicago Blackhawks that runs through the 2018-19 season.

The 25-year-old Kruger had left wrist surgery in December, but is expected to return before the start of the playoffs. He will make $3,475,000 in each of the next two years, and $2.3 million in the final season.

Kruger, a fifth-round pick in the 2009 draft, signed a one-year deal before this season.

Kruger, who made his NHL debut in 2011, has developed into a versatile performer who helps kill penalties and often draws difficult defensive assignments. He had seven goals and 10 assists in 81 games last season, and then helped Chicago win the Stanley Cup for the third time in the past six seasons.

Kruger has 28 goals and 57 assists in 320 career games, all with Chicago.