Former Dallas Stars defenseman John Klingberg found his new home last week, inking a one-year, $7 million deal with the Anaheim Ducks. Klingberg had been one of the bigger names on the free-agent market heading into the summer.
Of course, it had been rumored that the Swedish defenseman could have potentially made his way to the Detroit Red Wings, who have a rich tradition of having had native Swedes don the Winged Wheel. But ultimately, no deal materialized despite the fact that general manager Steve Yzerman still has around $10 million worth of cap space to play with after having already brought aboard multiple new faces to his roster.
So, why did Detroit not further pursue Klingberg? For fans asking this question, let's throw it over to longtime Red Wings beat writer Helene St. James of The Detroit Free Press:
"Klingberg, who turns 30 in August, has 303 assists among 374 points in 552 games, all of them with the Dallas Stars, who drafted the 6-foot-3, right-handed Swede 131st overall in 2010. He was looking for a big payday on the market, but as the frenzy of the first few days ebbed, he ended up setting for big money for one year.
"Had Yzerman signed Klingberg, it would have meant jettisoning Hronek, and Yzerman made it clear on July 14 that he wasn't interested in being put in such a situation: 'What I wouldn't want to do is go and sign another free agent, a significant free agent, and put myself in a position where I have to trade somebody, because that's not a good time to do it.'"
It sounds as though Yzerman isn't willing to give up on Hronek just yet.