There And Back Again: A Stålberg Saga

Well this has been a fun time in the life of Viktor Stålberg hasn’t it? (Photo Credit: Scott Paulus)

Yesterday we had the news in regards to Viktor Stålberg being placed on waivers by the Nashville Predators. The waivers process was completed and he was assigned to the Milwaukee Admirals. Then came an M. Night Shyamalan level twist and he is heading right back to Nashville after Paul Gaustad was placed on injured reserved this afternoon.

Stålberg’s last twenty-four hours sort of sum up his season, quite possible his entire tenure, with the Predators. What a wild ride. This season he has played only 5 games in the NHL and has no offensive output to speak of. This may come through the injuries he started off with and tried to work out, but it just hasn’t gone well for him ever since he signed that four-year $12 million contract back in the summer of 2013.

Were he to have joined the Admirals, which he was about to, he would have been joining a team that he played 4 games with and tallied 3 points (1 goal, 2 assists) before Brennan Evans decided to layeth the smackdown knee on knee to sideline him until this point in the season. Now that Gaustad is on IR, due to a lower-body injury that has kept him out the past three games, it is up to Stålberg to show not just the Predators he deserves his place on the roster… but each and every team in the NHL who didn’t claim him just what they were missing.

Thoughts on this wild ride for Viktor Stålberg? With the injury to Paul Gaustad, was Stålberg the ideal candidate to be called up to the NHL off the Milwaukee Admirals pool of players?

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3 thoughts on “There And Back Again: A Stålberg Saga”

  1. I’m convinced that the only reason why someone didn’t nab Viktor Stalberg off of waivers was due to his contract. But I have no idea why some cap-floor seaking team, aka Florida, Winnipeg or even Columbus didn’t take a shot at him. I don’t care if that he’s been hurt a lot and is not the same player right now as he was with Chicago. Rest him this year and regroup him for next year. You just can’t teach/buy his speed. He’s a great fit in a third line role, which would benefit a whole lot of NHL teams. There is probably something more going on here, but for our sake, I’m so glad he’s still in the Predators organization.

  2. I have to agree. The contract really is big for someone that’s had his performance since signing. The injuries don’t help the matter.

    It is crazy how fast he is. It was great to be at one of the games he played with the Ads to see him. Watching him fly down the ice, zipping by players left and right, was just crazy. Too bad he doesn’t seem to have figured out how to combine that speed with scoring prowess. I always hear he has hands of concrete.

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