NHL Rumors: John Klingberg to Anaheim, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci

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Today’s NHL Rumors takes a look at one of the best free agents available, defenseman John Klingberg.

The 29 year-old recently switched agents and appears to be heading to the Anaheim Ducks per Kevin Weekes.

Last season, he recorded 47 points in 74 games in 2021-22 and was said to be looking for a new deal in the neighborhood of 8 years and $8M per season. Being that it’s so late in the free agent game, there really wasn’t anyway he could land that.

The report, which has been confirmed by multiple outlets, states it is a one year deal for around $7 million.

NHL Rumors: John Klingberg to Ducks

In a recent article by Saad Yousuf in The Athletic, he suggested that there was a possibility for Klingberg to sign a one-year deal to remain with the Dallas Stars. Obviously, the offer was better from the Ducks as he will be looking to parlay this contract into a much larger one for the 2023-24 campaign.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s been a few frustrating years individually,” Klingberg said last season. “As a player, it all ends up coming to your next contract, obviously. At the end of the day, it’s a business. I understand it’s a business on both sides.”

UPDATE: Ducks announce signing of John Klingberg (1 year, $7M AAV)

“We are extremely excited to add John to our group,” said Ducks General Manager Pat Verbeek in a press release. “John is a gifted player who can quarterback a power play and give us needed scoring from the blueline. He also adds veteran leadership and character to our team.”

NHL Rumors: Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci

Aug 19, 2020; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) and center Patrice Bergeron (37) celebrate the 2-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes following game five of the first round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena. Mandatory Credit: John E. Sokolowski-USA TODAY Sports

It’s been weeks since reports surfaced that Patrice Bergeron was reportedly going to sign a one-year deal. Although it isn’t done, the rumblings surrounding the Boston Bruins captain is that it will be in place before camp opens.

When the season ended there was uncertainty about his future. After undergoing elbow surgery at the beginning of June, it appears that Bergeron is ready for another go. Despite the recovery time being 10-12 weeks, he’s expected to be ready for a full season.

Bergeron, 36, is coming off an 8 year-deal with a cap hit of $6.75 million. He can still play, recording 65 points in 73 games this past season and winning another Selke Trophy.

As for David Krejci, he’s also expected to be coming back to Boston after a one year hiatus.

“I’ve had numerous conversations with David Krejci about what his plans are. He spent a lot of time with his family as well and his decision could be forthcoming, and we are hopeful that it is with us,” said Bruins general manager Don Sweeney. “I think we would welcome him back, we said that to him last year, that the door is open.”

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Krejci, 36, picked up 44 points in 51 games during the 2019-2020 season.