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Golden Knights send Marcus Kruger to Carolina for fifth-round pick

Updated July 4, 2017 - 7:49 pm

Marcus Kruger’s stay with the Golden Knights didn’t last long. Less than 48 hours, in fact.

Kruger was dealt to Carolina on Tuesday for a 2018 fifth-round draft pick, two days after the team acquired the center from Chicago for future considerations.

The deal comes on the same day the Knights announced they signed Swedish center Oscar Lindberg to a two-year, $3.4 million contract.

Lindberg, 25, offers similar skills and comes at a much cheaper price than Kruger, who signed a three-year, $9.25 million extension in March 2016.

The Knights selected the 6-foot-1, 202-pound Lindberg from the New York Rangers in the expansion draft.

Lindberg had eight goals and 20 points in 65 games last season. He missed the first month of the season following offseason hip surgery.

A former second-round pick by Arizona in 2010, Lindberg has 21 goals and 27 assists in 134 NHL games.

The Kruger trade gives the Knights six picks in the 2018 entry draft, including two in the fifth round. They do not have a pick in the third or seventh round.

Kruger forged a reputation as one of the league’s top defensive forwards during his seven seasons. He had five goals and 12 points in 70 regular-season games last season.

Kruger is the second player the Knights traded to the Hurricanes this summer after defenseman Trevor van Riemsdyk was dealt June 22.

Contact David Schoen at dschoen@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-5203. Follow @DavidSchoenLVRJ on Twitter.

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