It’s all over the news. Throughout the NHL there are talks about the growing possibility that the Dallas Stars are looking to trade defenseman John Klingberg. Both parties involved appear to be heading towards a divorce for the long time Star. Here we will look at who is in the talks, and how a split can benefit both the Stars and Klinger.
Reports have come out recently that the Dallas Stars are pushing to trade the defenseman. Reaching out to multiple other teams to reach an agreement to acquire the offensive defenseman. With the Stars struggling, especially on the road there should be a number of teams who would be willing to make a deal.
There are going to be multiple teams who will be interested in acquiring John Klingberg. One of those teams is the Boston Bruins. Klingberg is a proven playoff performer, and Boston is always on the lookout for guys who can perform. Particularly after the regular season. The Bruins would have to give up some skill in return. But as a team that has a yearly habit of making the playoffs not only would they benefit, the Stars should get some skill in return.
More, and more teams are emerging as possible landing spots for John Klingberg in the future. So whether it’s the Bruins, or any other team that probably ends up landing Klingberg the Stars must make sure that they don’t end up trading him for a bag of pucks. In other words, the Stars need to get good value in return. Because they are not having a good, playoff caliber season so far.
Not only is John Klingberg not playing well in his final contract season with Dallas, but he doesn’t feel appreciated by the team either. No matter which side of the aisle you are on with this it simply doesn’t do the team any good. Especially on the ice, and in the stat column. In short; nobody wins, and the Stars take more zeroes in the points column.
It has also been argued that John Klingberg would benefit playing for another team who plays a different kind of game. As an offensive defenseman John Klingberg has a reputation of being a “high risk, high reward” defender. While he can score clutch goals, shoot bombs from the blue line for the likes of Alexander Radulov to tip the puck into the net, and be a menace for opposing teams on the power play he can also be a liability. Notable mishaps include turning the puck over, and defending when opposing skaters enter the Stars’ defensive zone.
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While John Klingberg is most likely to be moving on soon from the Dallas Stars fans should keep the best memories of Klinger in mind. Even if he, and the team are heading towards a messy divorce. Klingberg spent almost a decade with Dallas, was drafted by the Stars, and assuming he moves on he’ll be playing for a new NHL team. That’s not something tat will be easy for him. It is a business but he’s also a person, and has a family rooted in Texas.
Assuming John Klingberg does wind up getting traded, the Stars could certainly gain in return to bolster their roster. Maybe even the locker room too. Klingberg may very well benefit from the change in scenery, and system as well. It is a business after all.
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