This is the one move that almost everyone close to the Blackhawks saw coming. Viktor Stalberg is leaving the Stanley Cup champs and headed to Nashville where his speed and offensive potential might be more appreciated.
Stalberg reportedly has agreed to a four-year deal worth $12 million so $3 million per season. Even if there were no issues there is no way Hawks could have matched that deal.
It was clear in the postseason that Coach Joel Quenneville wasn't happy with Stalberg's play this season. Stalberg was a healthy scratch four times in the postseason.
Stalberg has not been happy with his playing time, most notably the lack of time he saw on the powerplay this past season. I personally always felt he deserved more time as a top 6 forward and on the powerplay.
In Nashville he will get a chance to prove it. At 27 he is still young enough to prove that he can be a legit 20 goal scorer year in and year out but the question has been, can he put it together? And can he do it night in and night out?
Or is he a guy who can just take advantage of matchups and beating on bad teams?
Nashville is banking on that he can and that they can be the ones to help him do it. Should be interesting to see. After missing the playoffs last season it sure looks like Nasvhille is going to be right in the mix of things next postseason.