John Klingberg's latest health update sparks optimism

What does the future hold for the Swedish blue liner?



The season for veteran Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman John Klingberg is over, as it was announced last month that he'll be undergoing hip surgery and will be unavailable for the remainder of the 2023-24 schedule, including the playoffs.

Klingberg, who agreed to a one-year contract with the Leafs over the summer after having taken a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks the previous offseason, recently fired his agent after it was revealed that he was advised to turn down a massive contract offer from the Dallas Stars.

According to David Alter, the Swedish defenseman is already beginning his recovery process and could be in line to resume his NHL career as early as next season: 

"Well, nothing changed in terms of him being ready for this season, but what is changed is he is on the road to recovery now. John Klingberg had a bilateral hip resurfacing procedure done earlier this month in New York. He's now working back towards what will be a long recovery process, kind of similar to the procedures that were done Patrick Kane and Jesse Puljujarvi before they return to pro hockey this year.

And so for Klingberg, there's some uncertainty. He was only on a one year deal with the Leafs, so he will be a free agent this summer.

But he's a player that is going to try to work his way back once he gets to full health."

Klingberg is facing an uncertain future in the National Hockey League after the announcement of undergoing season-ending surgery. He clearly made a bet on himself by signing a one-year "prove it" style deal with the Ducks last year that resulted in a trade to the Minnesota Wild at the Trade Deadline, and only a one-year contract offer in the summer. 

However, given the news that he could be on track to play next season, it's likely he'd have to accept a short term and relatively inexpensive deal.

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