The focus right now might be on Adam Fox as the next defenseman to sign a massive contract, but he’s certainly not the only one. Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg is in the final season of his seven-year, $29.75 million deal signed in 2015 and will be an unrestricted free agent next summer. Jeff Marek of Sportsnet reports that Klingberg’s camp is looking for an eight-year extension worth somewhere between $62 million and $66 million.
Marek, who explained his report on Hockey Night In Canada, made clear that Klingberg and the Stars are hoping to stay together beyond this season if possible. The big comparables for the 29-year-old defenseman are Darnell Nurse, Seth Jones and Dougie Hamilton, who all inked massive deals this summer that bought out exclusively UFA years.
A $64 million deal would mean an $8 million cap hit for the veteran defenseman, a number that was eclipsed by all three of the listed names and would tie Klingberg – with Jacob Trouba, Thomas Chabot, John Carlson, and Brent Burns – for the 13th-highest among all defensemen next season.