NHL Free Agency: Nashville Predators Sign Viktor Stalberg for 4 Years, $12 Million

Hello.... Stalberg! - Jonathan Daniel

TSN's Bob McKenzie brought news of the first Nashville Predators signing of the 2013 NHL Free Agency season:

As a member of the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks, Stalberg brings a little championship pedigree to a team loaded with young, developing players. He made $850,000 last season with the Hawks. In 2011-2012, he put up 22 goals for Chicago while playing just 14:04 per game.


Viktor Stalberg

#25 / Right Wing

6-3

209

Jan 17, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG
SOG PCT
2012 - Viktor Stalberg 47 9 14 23 +16 25 0 0 1 113 7.9
Season GP TOI/60 Pts/60 Corsi Rel On-Ice Sht % On-Ice Sv% PDO Pen Take Pen Drawn OZ Strt% Shots/60
2013 47 11.57 2.10 +3.2 9.3 960 1053 0.8 0.9 63.9 10.70
2012 79 13.30 2.34 +11.8 8.1 902 983 0.9 0.9 63.6 11.42
2011 77 10.36 1.65 +11.0 7.3 899 972 1.3 1.4 60.3 9.63
2010 40 12.02 1.37 -2.8 4.8 900 948 1.0 1.2 62.2 12.10

Stalberg was one of the guys on my list of free agent forwards who should be able to help the Predators, he's a consistently positive force in the puck-possession game, and shots the puck with abandon, something sorely needed in Nashville. In Chicago, he was a 2nd- or 3rd-line player due to all the talent available, but here in Nashville he could step into top-line duty.

Considering the numbers being tossed around today to various free agents, I'd consider this a big win for David Poile and the Predators. They get a player who boosts their lineup without breaking the bank. The question now becomes, who else can they land?

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