Well folks, it might be the end of an era. Things haven't quite panned out for Viktor here, but with the remainder of his $3 million salary this year, plus $3 million next year, PLUS $3 million the year after that, there's a chance he clears waivers and ends up back in Milwaukee. After his conditioning stint, at least we know he's in game shape, right?
Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced today that the team has placed forward Viktor Stalberg on waivers with the intention of assigning him to the American Hockey League’s Milwaukee Admirals.
After missing six weeks of action due to a knee injury, Stalberg is prepared to return to action. With the NHL roster freeze going into effect on Friday at 11:59 p.m. CT and lasting until 12:01 a.m. CT on Dec. 28, and the team being at the 23-player roster maximum, the move was necessary before the team heads out for its final three games before the holiday break.
“A couple of injuries early in the season have prevented this from being the season Viktor trained all summer for,” General Manager David Poile said. “He has worked hard to return to the lineup. With Paul Gaustad and Taylor Beckday-to-day and still on our 23-man roster, the best option for Viktor and the organization at this time is to place Viktor on waivers with the hope that he will clear, go to Milwaukee to play games and continue his efforts to be ready for NHL game action.”
Stalberg missed the final eight days of training camp and first three games of the regular season due to injury. After playing five games with the Predators, he was sent to Milwaukee on a conditioning assignment, where he was injured on Nov. 7, causing him to miss the past six weeks of action.