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John Klingberg To The Anaheim Ducks For One Year

added 4:10pm, Press release is below,

The Ducks have signed defenseman John Klingberg to a one-year contract through the 2022-23 NHL season.

Klingberg, 29 (8/14/92), led the Dallas Stars to an appearance in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final, scoring 4-17=21 points in 26 postseason contests. Only five other defensemen since 1995 have recorded more points in a single postseason, including Cale Makar (29 with Colorado in 2022), Miro Heiskanen (26 with Dallas in 2020), Brent Burns (24 with San Jose in 2016), Adam Fox (23 with NY Rangers in 2022) and Victor Hedman (22 with Tampa Bay in 2020).

"We are extremely excited to add John to our group," said Ducks General Manager Pat Verbeek. "John is a gifted player who can quarterback a power play and give us needed scoring from the blueline. He also adds veteran leadership and character to our team."

The 6-3, 190-pound defenseman has recorded 71-303=374 points and 213 penalty minutes (PIM) in 552 career NHL games with the Stars since his debut in 2014-15. He also scored 7-28=35 points in 59 career Stanley Cup Playoff contests. In 2021-22, Klingberg recorded 6-41=47 points and 34 PIM in 74 regular-season games and added one assist in seven Stanley Cup Playoff contests.

Selected by Dallas in the fifth round (131st overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft, Klingberg is the all-time Stars franchise leader in game-winning goals (21), while he ranks third in all-time goals, assists and points. Among defensemen selected in the 2010 NHL Draft, he leads in points, assists, primary assists (157), power-play points (148), power-play assists (129) and overtime goals (6).

Klingberg has led Dallas blueliners in scoring in seven of his eight NHL seasons, becoming the only defensemen in Stars franchise history to record 30 or more points in each of his first eight seasons. Klingberg also became the 24th defenseman in NHL history to surpass 30 points in each of his first seven seasons, the first to do so since Dion Phaneuf logged 30-plus points in seven straight seasons from 2005-12. He has also finished in the top-10 among league defensemen in scoring three times (2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18), and goals (2016-17 and 2017-18) and assists (2015-16 and 2017-18) twice.

Klingberg set single-season career highs in points and assists in 2017-18 (8-59=67), leading all NHL defensemen in assists and ranking tied for second in assists, while ranking tied for second among all league skaters in assists. His 67 points were the second-most by a Dallas defensemen since 2005-06 (Sergei Zubov, 71 in 2005-06). He scored a personal best 13 goals in 2016-17 and led all Dallas skaters with 29 assists in 2020-21.

He was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2014-15 after earning 11-29=40 points in 65 games. He led all NHL rookie defensemen in assists and points, while ranking fourth and seventh among all NHL rookies, respectively. He also established new Stars club records for most goals, assists and points in a single season by a rookie defenseman.

In 2013-14, he appeared in 50 games with Frolunda of the Swedish Hockey League (SHL), earning 11-17=28 points with a +8 rating, leading club defensemen in points and goals, and ranking fourth among team leaders in points. He also led Frolunda with four assists (0-4=4) in seven SHL Playoff contests.

A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Klingberg has helped Sweden to three gold medals, including the 2017 and 2018 World Championships and 2012 World Junior Championship. He also represented his country at two other World Championships (2015 and 2019) and the 2011 World Junior Championship. He was named the 2018 World Championship Best Defensemen after collecting 1-5=6 points with a +6 rating in 10 tournament games.

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d ca's avatar

I’d like to hear what he turned down during free agent frenzy. He was reportedly seeking 7 yrs x 8M.

Anaheim is going to have a better defense then most assume:
RHD’s:Klingberg (29), Shattenkirk (33), Drysdale (20),
LHD’s:Fowler (30), Urho Vaakanainen (23 yrs old 2017 R1#18), and maybe by season’s end Pavel Mintyukov (18 yrs old 2022 R1 #10)—who was with Saginaw in the OHL last year.

They already have two extra picks in the 2nd and 1 in the 3rd of the deep 2023 draft. If they acquire another 2023 1st because of Klingberg via trade at the deadline: they probably will leap the Wings in terms of rebuild—if they haven’t already.

Their picks:
2022 1st #10 Pavel Mintyukov (LHD), and #22 Nathan Gaucher (C)
2022 2nd#42 Noah Warren (RHD), and #53 Tristan Luneau (RHD)

2021 1st #3   Mason McTavish (C),
2021 2nd#34 Olen Zellweger (LHD)

2020 1st #6 Jamie Drysdale (RHD) and #27 Jacob Perreault (RW)
2020 2nd#36 Sam Colangelo (RW)

2019 1st #9 Trevor Zegras (C) and t#29 Brayden Tracey (LW)
2019 2nd#39 Jackson LaCombe (LHD)

2018 1st#23 Isac Lundestrom (LW)
2018 2nd#54 Benoit-Olivier Groulx (C)

Posted by d ca on 07/29/22 at 03:49 PM ET

SYF's avatar

100% agree, d ca.  Their scouting staff is bona fide.  And then they go and get Verbeek as their new GM.  I think those teams that were looking for new GMs will regret not hiring Verbeek.

Posted by SYF from impossible and oddly communally possessive sluts on 07/29/22 at 05:50 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Wow, interesting landing spot, I assume signed to trade, good deal for the ducks.

Posted by MurrayChadwick from Window Seat on the Captain's Ship on 07/29/22 at 06:12 PM ET

Chet's avatar

Also though, no wonder he fired his agents.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/29/22 at 08:25 PM ET

Alan's avatar

The Ducks needed to climb above the cap floor, and this deal does that. So… there’s that, at least?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 07/29/22 at 08:42 PM ET

Chet's avatar

They’re gonna be sneaky good, I think. Not playoffs good, but a step forward for sure.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/29/22 at 08:47 PM ET

Kaszycki and his Krew's avatar

You have to sign at 12:02 on the first day of Free Agent Frenzy - or - risk that there is no cap space to sign you if you wait a few days.  Everyone would WANT Klingberg, not many can afford him….due to cap space being allocated elsewhere. 

Agree that “no wonder he fired his agent”

Posted by Kaszycki and his Krew on 07/29/22 at 11:47 PM ET

Chet's avatar

I think he/his agents overvalued him. He’s a great offensive player but not super solid defensively. He’s one of the first D-men in a long time who couldn’t get the money and term he wanted. Five years ago, this league would have overpaid him badly. These GMs are learning.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/30/22 at 01:24 AM ET

Chet's avatar

(Or, they’re colluding.)

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 07/30/22 at 01:25 AM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

I was hoping the Wings would of grabbed Noah Warren. I love his style of play.


Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 07/30/22 at 06:20 PM ET


I think it is pretty obvious why Klingberg was in a tough spot. He ‘ll be 30 in a few days and was likely seeking his one last big contract. Wanting both term and dollars for his 2nd pairing skills in a cap strapped landscape was going to be a tough match especially when teams know his skills are likely to decline towards the end of any long term deal.

I’m a little surprised he couldn’t find someone offering a 5 year deal around $6M/year or perhaps he did but refused it. I think his agents were likely over valuing him. Then, he had to settle for leftovers. I would have fired my agent too.

Posted by evileye on 08/01/22 at 09:56 AM ET

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