Stars and John Klingberg have agreed to terms on seven-year extension


The Stars have agreed to terms on a seven-year contract extension with defenseman John Klingberg that will average $4.2 million, $4.25 million, according to a source.

The Stars could announce the deal as soon as today.

Klingberg, 22, led all NHL rookie defensemen in scoring this season with 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 65 games played. He also ranked third among all rookies in average time on ice at 21:50 per game.

He led all Stars defensemen in scoring and was third on the team in plus-minus at plus-5.

Klingberg was drafted in the fifth round (131st overall) in 2010 and played in both the Swedish and Finnish elite leagues before coming to North America full-time this season. The native of Gothenburg, Sweden was also part of the 2012 gold-medal team for Sweden at the World Juniors.

Klingberg had double hip surgery last summer, so he started the 2014-15 season in the AHL, where he scored 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in 10 games. He was then elevated to the NHL and became a regular for the Stars. 

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