Carl Klingberg was an aspiring prospect for the Winnipeg Jets, and finally earned his first shot with the big club this season on Monday, March 24th, 2014, but was never seen with the team. Hours later, he was in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the place where this story began. Has Klingberg mastered time travel? Will his superpowers be of use to the Jets in the coming season? The speculation is running wild in the City of Winnipeg right now.
Okay, maybe it hasn’t gone that far just yet. Nevertheless, the story of Klingberg and his call-up to the Jets’ roster on Monday is quite the mystery.
At 12:30 PM on Sunday, he Jets released a media release containing news that Klingberg, along with Patrice Cormier, had been recalled by the team. Most fans didn’t even know of the re-call until Monday morning, when the Jets’ Twitter account released the news. At 7:50 PM on Monday night, as the Jets were taking on the Dallas Stars, the club made a press release stating that Klingberg had been re-assigned to the St. John’s Ice Caps of the AHL. His call-up lasted one day, seven hours, and twenty minutes. He was listed as a scratch on the teams’ roster at game-time on Monday night.
Rick Ralph of TSN 1290 stated that Klingberg did make it to Dallas in time for a skate on Monday morning, which lasted 60 minutes.
The story gets even more confusing: Cormier, who Klingberg was recalled along-side, never left the team after being re-assigned to St. John’s on Saturday night around 7:00 PM. Cormier has remained with the team as of Tuesday at noon.
Either there was an initial injury report that was portrayed as worse than it was, or Jets’ GM Kevin Chevaldayoff has some serious explaining for the confusion he caused all Jets fans on the weekend.
Klingberg has played both right and left wing with the Ice Caps, and has 7 NHL games under his belt with the franchise. Only three players have scored more even-strength goals in the AHL than Klingberg: Jeremy Morin (Rockford/Chicago), Ty Rattie (Chicago/St. Louis), and Teemu Pulkkinen (Grand Rapids/Detroit). His size and skill makes good sense for a call-up if there was ever an injury to a winger on the Jets.
Klingberg may be on his way up in the coming days anyway if the Jets are eliminated from playoff contention, and decide to give prospects some playing time for the final games of the season. Until then, this mystery remains unsolved.
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