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The Anaheim Geese have traded defenseman John Klingberg to the Minnesota Wild, per TSN’s Pierre LeBrun.
Joe Smith of The Athletic broke down the commerce:
Joe Smith @JoeSmithNHL
John Klingberg return: #mnwild sending 4th in 2025, Andrej Sustr and rights to Nesterenko. Geese retaining half the wage of Klingberg.
The 30-year-old Klingberg has eight targets and 16 assists this season. He has additionally blocked 65 photographs and registered 49 hits in 50 video games. He averages 20:52 of ice time per sport.
Klingberg performed the primary eight years of his profession with the Dallas Stars earlier than signing a one-year contract with the Geese for this season.
The Geese and Wild executed this commerce proper earlier than the NHL’s commerce deadline at 3 p.m. ET on Friday. It was a no brainer transfer for the Geese, who’re taking part in out the string of a misplaced season with simply 48 factors. With the group set to lose Klingberg to free company, a commerce made sense.
In the meantime, the Wild are within the thick of a decent Western Convention playoff race wherein the highest eight groups have between 72 and 79 factors. Minnesota has been busy on the deadline, including ahead Marcus Johansson (13 targets, 15 assists) from the Washington Capitals and middle Oskar Sundqvist (seven targets, 14 assists) from the Detroit Purple Wings.
Michael Russo of The Athletic defined what the Klingberg transfer means for Wild defensemen.
Michael Russo @RussoHockey
With #mnwild buying John Klingberg, they will carry 8 D with Alex Goligoski staying put. As I reported this morning, it felt like they’d desire a D and had been prepared to maneuver Goligoski if he wished. Now that he is staying, Goligoski/Addison would be the extras as soon as Jonas Brodin is again
JFresh Hockey gave a breakdown of Klingberg, whose calling card is on the offensive finish:
This is Klingberg’s projection card coming into the season. The blue is why the Wild need him. The crimson is what they’re gonna attempt to cowl up. #MNWild pic.twitter.com/KNVWb2jHlI
The Wild, who’re twenty fifth in targets scored out of 32 NHL groups, clearly targeted on bettering their offense. They seem to have performed that and transfer ahead with 20 regular-season video games left, starting Saturday on the highway towards the Calgary Flames.