The turbulent journey of Viktor Stålberg as a member of the Nashville Predators organization is over. After having his contract bought out he signed with the New York Rangers as a free agent for a reported $1.1 million. The length of the contract has yet to be officially announced.
— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) July 1, 2015
The word that best sums up Stålberg’s time in Nashville is nightmare. It was a nightmare from the very beginning. He never truly looked like the player that helped contribute to the Chicago Blackhawks 2013 Stanley Cup success. Instead, he was often inconsistent or banged up. That all spiraled to what happened in the 2014-15 season where he went up and down between the NHL and AHL logging frequent flyer miles that would make George Clooney’s character from Up in the Air blush. To his credit, he took it all in stride and performed very well with the Milwaukee Admirals. The thing is that, well, he should have – and also should have not been there in the first place. Perhaps the change of scenery can get him back on track.
For Milwaukee fans, Stålberg will always be remember for the 2014-15 season’s Game of the Year. He scored the game-tying goal with 0.4 seconds remaining and capped off his hat trick to win it seconds into overtime.