FRISCO — John Klingberg understands the weight this upcoming season carries.
Entering the final season of his seven-year contract, it could be his last in Dallas. After missing out on the 2018 Olympics when the NHL declined to have its players participate, Klingberg could finally represent his native Sweden in Beijing in the winter. Twelve months removed from a Stanley Cup Final run, Klingberg knows this may be the last shot with this group.
“I’m due for a good year here,” Klingberg said Friday on the second day of Stars training camp. “I want to make the Olympic team. I want to play good so I can get a good contract extension. It’s a big year ahead of me and for the team.”
For such a massive year, Klingberg may be having to adjust to something he hasn’t had to in recent years: his partner.
After pairing with Esa Lindell frequently over his time in Dallas, Klingberg spent the first two days of training camp alongside new acquisition Ryan Suter, the 36-year-old, left-handed veteran whose sound positioning and subtle offensive skills could pair well with Klingberg.
“You play within the system and then you be creative, let his skill take over,” Suter said. “When he’s up in the play, I’m obviously going to be covering for him. I think everyone tries to make things so complicated. It’s a pretty simple thing. You put your players on the ice, and you…