John Klingberg may have signed a one-season deal with the Anaheim Ducks, but that's not stopping him from aiming for a long-term contract soon.
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It was certainly an eventful summer for the defender, who was enjoying full free agency for the first time in his career. However, the offers were below his expectations, so much so that he fired his agent Peter Wallen recently.
This change did not produce a miracle and Klingberg signed a one-year, $7 million contract.
“We were looking for a long-term [contract], it's no secret, revealed the 29-year-old Swede at a press conference on Monday. The market is what it is now. We had to change tactics a bit because at the end of the day, I realized that there will be shorter agreements in the future.
The plan, for Klingberg, is now to show off for next summer. However, to achieve this, he knows very well that it will go through the success of the Ducks in particular.
“Well, that's probably part of the plan, but I'm not going to look too far ahead. Obviously, I want to get a long-term contract. Right now, I have a one-year pact with Anaheim and it will take from there. I can't focus on what will be in a year. I will have to have a good season and the team will also have to have a good season. I think if the team succeeds, I will succeed.”
The choice of the Ducks is no accident in this sense. To boost his value, he believes the Ducks have the best pieces in place. In his eyes, there is a nice mix of very promising young players and seasoned veterans.
"If you look at their team, they have some very interesting young players, and they took a step forward last year," said the newcomer. With Trevor Zegras and Troy Terry and those guys, what they did last year is exciting for the future. I'm just excited to be able to go out there and try to help the team grow and be even better next season."
“If you also look at the signings on the market with Ryan Strome and Frank Vatrano, I think those are two very good signings as well. If you look at the defensive core, there's Jamie Drysdale – he's young and looks like he can have a great future in the league – then Cam Fowler and Kevin Shattenkirk as veterans. Adam Henrique and Silfverberg as well. They are a very interesting team to play for. I can't wait to get out there and get to work."