The Chicago Blackhawks trimmed their roster to 27 on Monday, sending five players to Rockford of the AHL.
Kruger and Pirri were considered bubble players with Pirri having the stronger camp of the two. He had two, two-goal performances in the preseason while Kruger had a quieter camp as he adjusts to the North American game.
Barring a contract dispute, making the team out of camp will be 18 year-old, second round pick Brandon Saad who shocked all observers with his stellar preseason. His contract needs to be completed by a Tuesday deadline.
The Hawks have to be down to a maximum of 23 players by Wednesday at 3 pm.