ST PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Wild finally made a move to boost their anemic scoring, sending home-grown center Justin Kloos to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for skilled Swedish forward Pontus Aberg.
Aberg was tied for second in goals for the Ducks with 11, but had fallen out of favor with hard-nosed Randy Carlyle during a nose dive that has seen Anaheim drop 12 straight. The 5 foot 11 inch, 196 pound wing has 19 points (11 goals, 8 assists) this season. Aberg, 25, was selected in the second round of the 2012 NHL Draft by now-Wild GM Paul Fenton when Fenton was with Nashville.
Kloos, a native of Lakeville, MN, had notched 30 points in 34 games with the Iowa Wild this year, leading the club in scoring. The 25-year-old appeared in just one game with the big club last year.
Aberg didn't have far to travel after hearing he had been traded. He arrived in Minnesota with the Ducks Wednesday in preparation for Thursday's game with the Wild.