ANAHEIM, Calif. — The Anaheim Geese are near signing John Klingberg, the highest defenceman on the NHL free agent market, an individual with data of the negotiations mentioned.
The individual spoke on situation of anonymity Friday as a result of the Geese and Klingberg have not finalized each element of the deal to deliver the offensive-minded Swede from Dallas to Orange County.
Klingberg has spent his whole NHL profession with the Stars, racking up 71 objectives and 303 assists in eight seasons as one of many league’s higher offensive defencemen. He had six objectives and 41 assists for Dallas final season, though he was a career-worst minus-28.
Klingberg’s offensive abilities and shot-blocking functionality would support the Geese, who might additionally use his right-handed shot and puck motion on the ability play. Klingberg scored 20 factors whereas Dallas had the person benefit final season, and he has 148 profession factors on the ability play.
Klingberg, who turns 30 subsequent month, had been in search of a long-term contract in free company because the league’s prime out there defenceman, however nothing apparently materialized.
His arrival shall be one other a part of a reasonably main roster makeover for Anaheim since Pat Verbeek took over as common supervisor throughout final season. Verbeek traded longtime Geese defencemen Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson close to the commerce deadline after figuring out he did not wish to signal the pending free brokers to long-term offers, however he had hoped to signal a veteran defenceman to spice up the group led by Cam Fowler.
Anaheim has missed the playoffs in 4 consecutive seasons, however the Geese seem like primed for enchancment within the fall. Verbeek signed middle Ryan Strome and proper wing Frank Vatrano in free company to play alongside Anaheim’s gifted younger core, which incorporates gifted forwards Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry and defenceman Jamie Drysdale.