On the heels of an active July 1, headlined by the return of Justin Williams to Raleigh, the Carolina Hurricanes continued to retool their roster over the Fourth of July long weekend. The Hurricanes on Tuesday acquired center Marcus Kruger from Vegas (via Chicago a few days prior) in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. It was a somewhat quiet and potentially underrated move for the Hurricanes, and the benefits are multifold. For one, it introduces another player with a winning pedigree to the locker room. Kruger is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (2013, 2015), and he joins 2015 champions Scott Darling and Trevor van Riemsdyk, in addition to Williams, who has captured hockey's most prized trophy thrice. "I don't think you can ever have enough guys in your room with playoff experience and, more importantly, playoff success," Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis said on a Wednesday conference call. "We have a very young team trying to find their way. We think the guys we picked up this summer not only are very good hockey players but very good people and proven winners. We think that's invaluable in our locker room." "Just being around the guys [in Chicago] and playing with unbelievable players - what they do every day, how they prepare, how much they want to win, preparing for what you have to do to be successful," Kruger explained. "That was something I got to understand pretty early." Kruger's international resume is pretty impressive, as well. He captured a gold medal with Team Sweden (and teammates Elias Lindholm, Victor Rask and Joakim Nordstrom) at the 2017 IIHF World Championship. He's also medaled with the Swedish national team at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey (bronze), the 2014 Winter Olympics (silver), the 2011 IIHF World Championship (silver) and the 2010 World Junior Championship (bronze).
Hurricanes GM: Can't have too many guys with playoff success
NHL.com | Jul 6