Duck signs a one-year contract with John Klingberg, worth $7 million
One of the top names left in the free agency market is off the board.
According to Kevin Weekes, Anaheim Ducks signed defender John Klingberg a year worth $7 million.
This signing took place just a few days later Frank Seravalli reported that Klingberg had parted ways with his longtime agent, Peter Wallen, and moved to represent Newport Sports Management. Wallen was the agent for Klingberg when he signed a seven-year, $29.75 million contract with the Dallas Stars in 2015.
Klingberg became an unrestricted freelance agent for the first time in his NHL career this summer as one of the top names on the open market. All that said, the moving defender scored 47 points in 74 games with the All-Stars last season and scored 374 points in 552 games in eight seasons at Dallas.
This is the second the Ducks have created this summer, as they also purchased the Ryan Strome hub for $25 million earlier in the summer of five years. Contracting with Klingberg and Strome for a total of $12 million per year will help the Ducks reach their salary cap in 2022-23.
For Klingberg, the situation is quite reminiscent of what happened to Taylor Hall a few years ago. He couldn’t find the big multi-year contract he was looking for and was forced to make a one-year deal with the Buffalo Sabers. He was traded from Buffalo to the Boston Bruins on the 2021 trade deadline and began signing a long-term contract there.
Klingberg will turn 30 in August and there will be another crack in his search for a long-term contract as a free agent next summer.