Baltimore Sun

Ducks, D Klingberg agree to deal


The Ducks have agreed on a one-year deal with John Klingberg, the top defenseman on the NHL free agent market. Klingberg has spent his entire NHL career with the Stars, racking up 71 goals and 303 assists in eight seasons as one of the league’s better offensive defensemen. He had six goals and 41 assists for the Stars last season, although he was a careerwors­t minus-28. Klingberg scored 20 points while the Stars had the man advantage last season, and he has 148 career points on the power play. Klingberg, who turns 30 next month, had been seeking a long-term contract in free agency as the league’s top available defenseman, but nothing apparently materializ­ed. His arrival will be another part of a fairly major roster makeover for the Ducks since Pat Verbeek took over as general manager during last season. Verbeek traded longtime Ducks defensemen Hampus Lindholm and Josh Manson near the trade deadline after determinin­g he didn’t want to sign the pending free agents to long-term deals, but he had hoped to sign a veteran defenseman to boost the group led by Cam Fowler.

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