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Sharp, Campbell, Bolland injury updates; Kruger coming in

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Forward Patrick Sharp had a slight limp Tuesday when he came to the United Center for the Blackhawks' team picture.

Hours later, coach Joel Quenneville said he hopes to have his leading scorer back by the end of the regular season.

In other words, Sharp, who injured his left knee Sunday against the Phoenix Coyotes, is expected to miss up to three weeks.

"It's not long term," Quenneville said.

But definitely long enough. The Hawks have 10 games remaining.

"That's basically how we're looking at it," Quenneville said.

With Sharp out and Dave Bolland still suffering from a concussion, the Hawks are bringing in 20-year-old center Marcus Kruger from the Swedish Elite League (Djurgardens IF Stockholm).

Kruger isn't a big player. He's listed at 5-11, 172 pounds, but he has been described by the Hawks brass as a reliable two-way center in the mold of Bolland.

General manager Stan Bowman wanted Kruger to join the Hawks at the beginning of the season, but Kruger didn't feel he was ready.

But with Bolland showing few signs of progress since getting elbowed in the head by Tampa Bay defenseman Pavel Kubina on March 9, having another center became crucial. Kruger had six goals, 35 points and a plus-12 rating this season in Sweden.

"[Kruger is] a responsible player," Quenneville said. "He's got a real good hockey sense as well as his hockey instincts."

Defenseman Brian Campbell took part in practice Tuesday at the United Center. He said his left foot injury is one that lingers and didn't rule out playing against the Florida Panthers Wednesday.

"Overall, I felt pretty good," Campbell said. "If I can play, I'll play. We'll see how it [Wednesday] morning and go from there."

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