Every year in March, we reach that critical part of the season where teams who are on the brink of the playoffs look to make trades. Before this season started, the NHL announced that the trade deadline for this season would be on March 21st, 2022. One of the names going around the rumor circuit this season has been Dallas Stars Defenseman John Klingberg.
John Klingberg was drafted by the Dallas Stars in the 5th round of the 2010 draft. Klingberg finally made the team in 2014. Klingberg could have been a restricted free agent after the 2014 season, but the Stars weren’t going to allow that to happen. He signed a 7 year deal with the Dallas Stars to lock him up long term after the season.
He is in the last year of that extension and that makes him a valuable trade asset in some team’s minds. Last week, there were reports circulating that he was unhappy with the progress of his new contract. Kind of don’t blame the guy if you ask me, he is being underpaid right now by the Stars.
I think I know what his issue is and it has to do with the past offseason. Look at the big deal Jim Nill gave 36 year old Ryan Suter this past offseason, 14.6 million for the next 4 seasons. No offense to Suter, but Nill would have saved a bunch of what we gave him and given it to Klingberg.
Right now Klingberg is looking at a deal similar to what Seth Jones got with the Blackhawks this offseason which was 8 years 76 million. Right now if Klingberg were to sign to a new deal like Seth Jones, we would have a lot of the salary cap tied up in John Klingberg, Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, Miro Heiskanen and Ryan Suter. That would not be ideal going forward as a franchise and the Stars really couldn’t do much in free agency like resign Esa Lindell when his contract is up.
Now if the Stars are completely out of the Stanley Cup Playoffs by then, I could see Jim Nill try to “clean house” at the deadline. Now we still have a long way until the trade deadline so Nill could surprise everyone by making room to sign him or trade him. Let just see what happens and in the meantime, let’s just keep enjoying what time he has left in Dallas.