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Source: Anaheim Ducks, defenseman John Klingberg agree to one-year deal

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John Klingberg has agreed to a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks, a source told ESPN's Greg Wyshynski.

 

Klingberg was one of the most sought-after free agent defensemen this offseason after putting up 47 points in 74 games.

 

He was definitely worth the seven-year, $29.75 million contract that expired after last season. But the former Star was looking for a raise, if not a max contract.

 

That presented a problem for Dallas. The Stars have already committed big money to the blue line in Esa Lindell and Miro Heiskanen. They have huge money sunk in forwards Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn. And youngsters like Jason Robertson need to be paid.

 

Klingberg appeared to deserve top defenseman money when he peaked at 67 points with solid underlying metrics in 2017-18. His numbers have declined some in recent years, especially defensively, but he is still an elite offensive defenseman who has value on the power play.

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Not sure if he has a nmc or a limited no move, if not it is an outstanding move for Anaheim

 

With the trade of Lindholm and Manson the back end is a bit thin, he will get 23-24 minutes most nights and can still move the puck

 

The only blueliner who is going to push him for the QB job on the top power play is Shattenkirk who is still a good player but truthfully is best suited for the second unit.

 

  If he is on the top power play with Zegras, Terry, McTavish and Drysdale that is a ton of good young talent and he should easily score 55 points, 25 plus of which will be on the power play.

 

  The West is woeful. After three, maybe four top teams it is pretty much wide open. Strome was a fantastic signing for the Ducks, Klingberg as well, Vatrano secondary scoring and grit, 92-94 points is a playoff team out west. These moves along with the good young kids gets them into that second tier and makes them if not a cup contender at least a playoff contender.

 

  If the Ducks do fall out of contention depending on if he has a no move or limited no move he will fetch a very good price at the deadline. 

 

  Great move for the Ducks, one of many throughout this offseason. Truthfully I dont see them quite mkaing it to the playoffs but this gets them a step closer and they have all year with exclusive negotiation rights.

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On Klingberg's side, he bought himself another year to rebound and get his wished loaded contract after that in the Hall's style. The Ducks needed to reach the cap floor and if they're out of a playoff spot (which I think they will, despite the epic level of suckage of the Pacific). But at that point, there wasn't many options left: get the money but forget about the duration.

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