Hawks sign Kruger; Quenneville next
Blackhawks general manager Stan Bowman said Friday morning he was close to re-signing restricted free agent center Marcus Kruger.
A few hours later the Hawks announced that Kruger had signed a two-year contract.
Now general manager Stan Bowman can focus on getting coach Joel Quenneville signed to a contract extension.
Quenneville's deal runs out after next season and both side want to get it done as quickly as possible.
"We're going to work on that as well," Bowman said. "We've got some things we're going to get to. We've got the goaltending coach to replace Steph Waite. And we've got to finish off some of these (minor league) contracts."
Quenneville has won two Stanley Cups behind the Hawks' bench.
"We certainly like being here in Chicago, a lot of thrills and a lot of excitement," Quenneville said. "We like the quality of life and being part of the sporting situation in town. We love the organization. There are a lot of positives in being here so hopefully we can work something out. We'll see what happens."