Ducks sign Defenseman Klingberg for one year, $7 million

Anaheim, California. The Anaheim Ducks signed a one-year, $7 million contract with John Klingberg Friday, landing the number one defenseman in the NHL free agent market.

The attack-minded Swede leaves Dallas, having spent his entire career in the National Hockey League while scoring 71 goals and 303 assists in eight seasons with the stars. He had six goals and 41 assists last season, although he was at the worst of his career – 28.

Klingberg’s offensive skills and ability to block shots give an instant boost to Duck, who can also use his right-footed shot and puck movement in a power game. Klingberg scored 20 points while Dallas had the man’s advantage last season and has 148 points in a career strength.

“We are very excited to add John to our group,” said Pat Verbeek, Ducks general manager. “John is a talented player who can play the role of quarterback and give us the desired goal from the Bullen. He also adds leadership and veteran personality to our team.”

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