NHL Rumors: Stars’ Klingberg requests trade, Georgiev almost dealt, and Roslovic on the block?
It’s no secret that the end of the road for John Klingberg in Dallas could be coming soon.
The pending UFA defenseman is looking for a significant pay increase and term on his next deal, but the Stars are already committed to others on defense. Bridging the gap seems difficult and it’s apparently culminated into Klingberg’s formal trade request.
Klingberg ask for trade from Stars
Klingberg, 29, has 16 points in 26 games this season. According to multiple reports, the two sides had been talking but are too far apart on a deal to prevent him from becoming a UFA this summer.
The Dallas Stars opened up the vault for Miro Heiskanen at eight years for $8.45 million. They also have Esa Lindell with 4 years left on a deal that pays $5.8M and inked Ryan Suter for 4 years at $3.65M this summer.
“I can safely report that [Klingberg] is looking for an 8 year contract around $62 to $66 million,” Jeff Marek noted.
He’s now asking for a trade.
As I reported earlier today on NHL Now on NHL Network, Klingberg has asked for a trade out of Dallas, as per my sources – a request that did not occur recently, presumably it was made when contract negotiations fell apart.Dave Pagnotta – The Fourth Period
One team that is a possible destination spot are the Carolina Hurricanes.
“A few teams have expressed interest and contacted the Dallas Stars,” Marek said on Sportsnet. “The one team we know that has called are the Carolina Hurricanes. They are tops in the Metro and in the NHL and it’s a team that’s always looking for a quality hockey player.”
Rangers almost traded Georgiev
Alexandar Georgiev has enjoyed a revival since being thrusted into the #1 role when Igor Shesterkin injured his groin on December 3rd.
The 25 year-old netminder was flirting with a 5 GAA and an .850 SV% before that. Since that time, his stat line has improved to 6-4-2 with a 2.89 GAA and a .904 SV%.
Interestingly enough, it appears the Rangers almost dealt him prior to him jumping into the spotlight.
“A league source told The Athletic recently that the Rangers were very close to dealing Georgiev before Shesterkin’s latest injury,” Arthur Staple said.
Georgiev has been on the market since the summer. New York will not be able to keep the pending RFA next season with the inevitable cap crunch once Adam Fox’s and Mika Zibanejad’s extensions kick in.
Recently, Sportsnet’s Nick Kypreos said that the Oilers are interested in acquiring him. Were they the team that almost got him? Other possible landing spots are the Sabres, Coyotes, and Red Wings.
Jack Roslovic on the block?
The Columbus Blue Jackets appeared to hit a home run when they landed Jack Roslovic in last year’s blockbuster deal that sent Pierre Luc-Dubois to Winnipeg for Patrik Laine. Apparently, he could be on the outs this season.
“Roslovic started hot last season, with 29 points in his first 35 games as a Jacket. But he’s cooled off since then. This year, Roslovic has 14 points in 30 games. We’re told Roslovic is available in Columbus,” Seravalli writes. “Perhaps the biggest tell tale sign is his ice time. It’s down nearly five minutes per game this season – a huge drop – from 16:54 to 12:19. Stay tuned.”
While, Roslovic is an interesting name, I don’t see the Blue Jackets eager to move on from the 24 year-old center. He will be an RFA with arbitration rights this summer.