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Hurricanes Trade Marcus Kruger to Coyotes for Jordan Martinook

Kruger, who started the year as Carolina’s fourth-line center, has been dealt to the Coyotes.

Jamie Kellner

The Carolina Hurricanes have traded fourth-line center turned AHL playoff scratch Marcus Kruger to the Arizona Coyotes in exchange for forward Jordan Martinook. The clubs also swapped mid-round draft picks in the deal, as the Canes will send a 2018 third-round pick to the desert in exchange for a 2018 fourth-round pick.

As a part of the deal, Carolina will retain 10% of Kruger’s salary in the 2018-19 season.

The Canes traded a fifth-round pick in the 2018 NHL Draft to the Vegas Golden Knights in exchange for Kruger last summer.

Kruger played in 48 games for the Hurricanes this past season, netting just one goal and adding five assists for a total of six points. He centered the fourth line and saw second-unit penalty kill time.

Martinook, 25, saw his point total take a dive this past season, only amassing 15 points in 81 games, but he tallied 49 points over two seasons in 2015-16 and 2016-17 with the ‘Yotes while also driving play well. He should fit in well in the bottom-six for the team next season.

Canes interim general manager Don Waddell released the following statement about Martinook:

“Jordan is a physical player who kills penalties,” said Don Waddell, president and acting general manager of the Hurricanes. ”This gives us some options with our forward group as we head toward the next season.”

The official news release from the Hurricanes is as follows:

RALEIGH, NC - The Carolina Hurricanes today announced that the team has acquired left wing Jordan Martinook and Arizona’s fourth-round selection in the 2018 NHL Draft in exchange for center Marcus Kruger and Carolina’s third-round pick in the 2018 Draft. The Hurricanes also retain 10 percent of Kruger’s salary in the deal.

”Jordan is a physical player who kills penalties,” said Don Waddell, president and acting general manager of the Hurricanes. ”This gives us some options with our forward group as we head toward the next season.”

Martinook, 25, completed his fourth NHL season in 2017-18, totaling six goals and nine assists (15 points) in 81 games played. The Brandon, MB, native ranked second among Coyotes forwards in hits (128) and shorthanded time on ice (1:50 per game), averaging 14:01 of ice time per games. Originally selected by Arizona in the second round, 58th overall, at the 2012 NHL Draft, Martinook established career highs in goals (11) and points (25) in 2017-18, and has totaled 65 points (26g, 39a) in 247 career NHL games.