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Anaheim Ducks Trade Defenceman John Klingberg

John Klingberg trade happens at deadline.

One defenceman is off the market. The Anaheim Ducks have traded defenceman John Klingberg to the Minnesota Wild. In exchange, the Ducks will receive a fourth-round draft pick in 2025, Andrej Sustr and the rights to Nikita Nesterenko. Klingberg is a pending unrestricted free agent after signing for just one season this past off-season. Overall this was great asset management by Pat Verbeek. Anaheim will also retain 50% of Klingberg’s salary.

John Klingberg Traded by Anaheim Ducks

It was a matter of if not when we would see a John Klingberg trade. After being willing to gamble on himself after not receiving a longer-term deal, he signed a one-year prove-it deal. It was the ideal situation for both Klingerg and the team. However, Klingberg is having a down season compared to his Dallas Stars days but is a great addition to the blue line.

How Klingberg Will Impact His New Team

Now that the John Klingberg trade is official, the team will reap the benefits. Klingberg is a solid top-four defenceman that can eat large minutes. He averages 21:02 minutes per game, and that goes a long way for a team needing depth. Klingberg has been known for his production and led all-Stars blueliners in points. This year is underwhelming for him, but so is the team he was on in Anaheim. Klingberg can also slot in on the powerplay and be a boost offensively that way as well.

How This Trade Impacts Anaheim

There will be pain before there is a joy for this club. The John Klingberg trade just signals how far away they are from competing. Anaheim is a bottom-feeder of a team and recouping any assets possible was a smart move. This scenario was a win-win situation for both parties as they got what they needed from one another. Even though Klingberg is on the move, there is always a chance he can be brought back this summer. Anaheim is rebuilding and they are among the favourites for Connor Bedard.

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