New Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman John Klingberg was unable to complete Wednesday’s preseason game against the Buffalo Sabres.
The Queen City club’s big take on the free agent market this summer saw its match end in the first period.
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“He just had some tension that will have to be evaluated before we know exactly what it is,” said head coach Shelon Keefe, during his post-game press briefing.
“It was a precautionary measure that we took him off, but we won’t know the extent of his injury until we assess him tomorrow [jeudi].”
On July 1, the Maple Leafs and Klingberg agreed to a one-year contract worth $4.15 million. The guard also received a partial no-movement clause, which allows him to choose 10 places he does not want to be traded.
Last year with the Anaheim Ducks and the Minnesota Wild, the 31-year-old Swede hit the target 10 times and provided 23 assists for 33 points in 67 games.
Klingberg has experienced a lot of changes in the last year, having played his first 10 seasons in professional hockey in the Dallas Stars organization.