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Recently, it was reported that the Jets and Stafford were working on a contract extension. No surprise there, after the 29-year-old was traded from Buffalo to Winnipeg and proceeded, according to Jets coach Paul Maurice, to make a “huge impact.”
Stafford finished with nine goals and 10 assists in 26 games for the Jets, an 82-game pace of 28 goals and 32 assists. Even in a limited sample, it reminded everyone that Stafford once scored 31 goals in 62 games for the Sabres.
Still, there are those who think the Jets should move on, perhaps in favor of top prospect Nikolaj Ehlers. Winnipeg also has to be mindful of its spending, considering Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd can become unrestricted free agents next summer.
Which takes us nicely into these tweets, from Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman:
Besides Stafford, the Jets’ other UFA forwards include Michael Frolik, Jiri Tlusty, Jim Slater and Lee Stempniak.
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Carl Klingberg announced today that he will begin “a great adventure” with Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod of the Kontinental Hockey League.
The move, which confirms an earlier report by Igor Eronko, means that the Rangers have lost the only asset they acquired in the Lee Stempniak trade with the Winnipeg Jets back in March. Klingberg was a restricted free agent this summer after completing his one-year, two-way contract that came with a $650K cap hit at the NHL level.
The 24-year-old forward had 17 goals, 41 points, and 45 penalty minutes in 64 AHL games in 2014-15. He also has a goal in 12 career NHL contests.
The then Atlanta Thrashers selected him with the 34th overall pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
His younger brother is defenseman John Klingberg, who enjoyed a breakout 40-point campaign in 2014-15.
Restricted free agent Carl Klingberg will sign with the KHL club Torpedo according to Igor Eronko.
Klingberg’s NHL rights belong to the New York Rangers.
The 24-year-old was dealt from Winnipeg to New York in exchange for Lee Stempniak ahead of the March trade deadline.
Klingberg struggled to crack Winnipeg’s lineup appearing in just two games during the 2014-15 season registering a minus-1 rating.
In 64 AHL games split between the St. John’s IceCaps and Hartford Wolf Pack, Klingberg registered 17 goals and 41 points.
Originally a second-round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers (34th overall) in 2009, Klingberg signed a one-year, two-way $650,000 contract with Winnipeg last summer.