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Ducks Sign John Klingberg
By Michael Walters
The Anaheim Ducks have signed John Klingberg. ESPN Analyst Kevin Weekes announced on his Twitter the Ducks were closing in on a one-year worth about $7 million. The Athletic’s Eric Stephens confirmed the signing was indeed for $7 million. The Anaheim Ducks made an official announcement about the signing a few hours later. The deal includes a full no trade clause until January 1st, 2023 and then it turns into a 10 team no trade clause until the end of the season per Cap Friendly.
Klingberg had been looking for a Seth Jones type of deal according to the Athletic’s Sean Shapiro, but wasn’t able to get it. The Ducks became his best option for the short-term. Klingberg has spent his entire NHL career with Dallas for 8 seasons. He has posted 374 total points(71 goals + 303 assists) in 552 NHL games. On the power play he has 148 total points(19 goals + 129 assists). He is an exciting up tempo offensive defenseman, who will be fun to watch especially on the power play.
This is an excellent move by General Manager Pat Verbeek in many ways. First, he was able to add a quality defenseman on a low risk one year deal. Second, this signing gives Verbeek options at the trade deadline. Klingberg may work out and end up signing a longer deal with the Ducks, but if he doesn’t then Verbeek can move him at the trade deadline. Finally, the Ducks have now met the Cap Floor and still have about $19 million in space to utilize. This is a win all the way around for Anaheim.
Anaheim signed defenseman Olli Juolevi to a one-year, two-way contract. The deal is worth $750K(NHL) and $175K(AHL) according to Eric Stephens. He has played in 41 NHL games scoring two goals and recording one assist. He has played for Detroit, Florida, and Vancouver. He was the 5th overall pick in the 2016 NHL entry draft, but hasn’t earned a full-time roll with an NHL team yet.
Nathan Gaucher signed an entry-level deal with the Ducks. He was the 22nd overall draft pick this summer.
The Ducks and Isac Lundestrom avoided arbitration and settled on a two-year deal worth $3.6 million according to Elliotte Friedman. All the RFAs have signed deals with Anaheim.
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July 29th, 2022