John Klingberg, generally speaking, doesn’t really seem all that punchable. As one of the NHL’s elite defenders, he usually lets his impressive skill set do the maneuvering.
But the Ghost of Gothenburg has racked up a league-leading 26 penalty minutes in the 2022 Stanley Cup playoffs – and it’s firing up the Dallas Stars even as it seems to be confounding the Calgary Flames.
At least one person is very, very impressed with Klinger’s newfound pugnacious streak, reports The Dallas Morning News’ Matthew DeFranks. That person is his boss:
“I love the intensity,” Stars coach Rick Bowness said. “Listen, it’s an intense, physical game out there. When you’re challenged in our league, you’ve got to stand up for yourself. That’s the reality. He’s doing that. He’s done that in the playoffs we had three years ago against Nashville and St. Louis, he did the same thing. He was great in the bubble. He’s a competitive guy.
“Right now, the stakes are at their highest and you want your players to be able to respond to that. That’s his way of responding. He’s an intense guy, he’s a competitive guy and he’s going to play like that. Was that a little bit out of character during the regular season? Yeah, but right now when the stakes are this high, you want every player giving you as much as they can. John is doing that.”
Matt has more. [SportsDayDFW]
Oh my, guess what’s still happening, all on the quietus.
The Stars say they would 'love to keep' defenseman John Klingberg, who can become an unrestricted free agent after this season. https://t.co/ARS1EHWR7K— NHL.com (@NHLdotcom) May 7, 2022
Also, take a look at Saad Yousuf’s report from morning skate.
Stars morning skate lines Game 4 vs. Flames (5/9):— Saad Yousuf (@SaadYousuf126) May 9, 2022
Robertson — Hintz — Pavelski
Raffl — Benn — Gurianov
Kiviranta — Seguin — Radulov
Namestnikov — Faksa — Glendening
Suter — Heiskanen
Lindell — Klingberg
Hanley — Hakanpaa
Harley — Sekera
Around The Leagues
About Last Night...In Playoffs Action
- The Boston Bruins, finding their groove, evened the series with the Carolina Hurricanes with a 5-2 win in Game 4. [Stanley Cup Of Chowder]
- Speaking of tied series, it was the St. Louis Blues’ turn to brutalize a Central Division rival with a big win – this time, it was 5-2 over the Minnesota Wild. [Hockey Wilderness]
- The Tampa Bay Lightning pulled even in the Atlantic Division with a resounding 7-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. [Raw Charge]
- And the Los Angeles Kings rebounded at home to torch the Edmonton Oilers 4-0 and tie up the Pacific Division. [Copper And Blue]
Sometimes a good coach is a bad match. Barry Trotz won’t return to the New York Islanders next season.
The New York Islanders fired head coach Barry Trotz on Monday, president and general manager Lou Lamoriello announced. https://t.co/tktsCkGQTB— ESPN (@espn) May 9, 2022
And sometimes, the rebuild isn’t over until it’s over. The Ottawa Senators have announced that Pierre McGuire is out as senior VP of player development.
Pierre McGuire is a free agent https://t.co/iay2LNxnBc— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) May 9, 2022
Yes, this is a pretty big milestone, but maybe we should be asking ourselves why it’s a big milestone.
Professional women's hockey has its first $80,000 US player following the deal Mikyla Grant-Mentis reached with the Premier Hockey Federation's Buffalo Beauts https://t.co/74FgCqw0BR— Hockey Night in Canada (@hockeynight) May 9, 2022
Greetings From Scenic Cedar Park – And Beautiful Boise
Now’s the time to start planning that fall trip to Austin Metro....
Mark your calendars!— Texas Stars (@TexasStars) May 9, 2022
Our 2022-23 home opener is Friday, October 14th! The rest of the 2022-23 schedule will be announced later this summer. Get your tickets now by calling 512.GO STARS or head over to https://t.co/VerBzPqVlg
The ECHL schedule for next season is out, too, and the Idaho Steelheads feel like singing.
IT'S HERE!— Idaho Steelheads (@Steelheads) May 5, 2022
The @ECHL has announced the 2022-23 schedule! The team will open the season in Iowa against @GoHeartlanders and begin the home schedule on October 28 against the @UtahGrizzlies.
A breakdown: https://t.co/x0nj8zmmrH | #FeelTheSteel pic.twitter.com/ik88Lr1Iav
A short, sharp reminder for any player who thinks about getting edgy while Jamie Benn is on the ice. This is your only warning.