Ducks send D John Klingberg to Wild

Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

The Minnesota Wild acquired defenseman John Klingberg from the Anaheim Ducks ahead of the NHL trade deadline Friday in exchange for defenseman Andrej Sustr, the rights to forward Nikita Nesterenko and a fourth-round draft pick in 2025.

Klingberg, 30, was playing his first season in Anaheim on a one-year, $7 million contract. The Ducks will retain 50 percent of his salary as part of the agreement.

In 50 games for Anaheim, Klingberg tallied eight goals and 16 assists. He spent his first eight NHL seasons with the Dallas Stars and has career totals of 374 points (71 goals, 303 assists) across 552 games between the two teams.

Sustr, 32, is an NHL veteran but had not appeared in a game this season for the Wild, spending the season at AHL Iowa. This will mark the start of Sustr’s third stint with the Ducks, who selected him off waivers from the Tampa Bay Lightning in March 2022 and also had him play five games during the 2018-19 campaign.

Sustr has 69 points (11 goals, 58 assists) across 361 career games between the Lightning and Ducks.

Nesterenko has not yet played at the NHL level.

Earlier Friday, the Wild also acquired forward Oskar Sundqvist from the Detroit Red Wings and dealt forward Jordan Greenway to the Buffalo Sabres.

–Field Level Media

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