Marcus Kruger

NHL free agency: Avalanche sign Nail Yakupov, Hurricanes trade for Marcus Kruger

NHL free agency: Avalanche sign Nail Yakupov, Hurricanes trade for Marcus Kruger

The Colorado Avalanche have added another goal-scoring option by signing former No. 1 overall pick Nail Yakupov to a one-year deal, while the Carolina Hurricanes have acquired Marcus Kruger from the Vegas Golden Knights, the forward's second trade in three days.

Yakupov was the top pick by Edmonton in the 2012 draft and was traded to St. Louis before last season. The right winger scored three goals and dished out six assists in 40 games for the Blues.

The 23-year-old has appeared in 292 career NHL games with the Oilers and Blues. Colorado general manager Joe Sakic says Yakupov is a “skilled winger who will add depth to our lineup.”

The Avalanche, who announced the...

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