John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars does not feel appreciated by team management after a season where he’s tried numerous times to negotiate a new contract. The right-handed defenseman is now expected to be traded before the Mar.21 trade deadline and according to Jeff Marek of Sportsnet
, the team to watch in all of this could be the Carolina Hurricanes
It’s certainly likely the Stars send Klingberg east as it’s rare to see a talent moved in the same conference. The Stars defenseman has recorded 22 points in 33 games this season and is in the final season of his contract, paying him $4.25 million. Dallas is currently two points out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference and don’t expect the team to just give their asset away for nothing.
A deal involving the Hurricanes is likely going to involve one of defenseman Ethan Bear or forward Jesper Fast and a prospect or two. The Canes don’t have a first-round pick in 2022 or a third-rounder for that matter and will have to center their package around an NHL talent along with a couple of promising prospects.
Carolina sits 27-9-2 on the season and they currently have little to no salary cap space so any move made before the trade deadline will need to be a money-in and money-out situation. They continue to talk to Stars management about facilitating an offer and Dallas is going to have to come to terms with a huge decision – extend Klingberg and make him feel appreciated or cash in on their trade asset. Either way, the Hurricanes will be waiting for the news to drop.
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