Predators put Viktor Stalberg on waivers
Nashville Predators forward Viktor Stalberg (25) fights for the puck with Pittsburgh Penguins centre Evgeni Malkin at Bridgestone Arena. (Joshua Lindsey/USA TODAY Sports)
The Nashville Predators waived left winger Viktor Stalberg on Thursday, but he could join their AHL affiliate in Milwaukee if he goes unclaimed by another team.
Stalberg has struggled to stay healthy this season. He suffered an upper-body injury during training camp and then hurt a knee while playing in the AHL for the Admirals in November.
Last season, Stalberg was sidelined by a shoulder injury that limited him to eight goals in 70 games for the Predators, who signed him to a four-year, $12 million contract two years ago.
"A couple of injuries early in the season have prevented this from being the season Viktor trained all summer for," Predators general manager David Poile said. "He has worked hard to return to the lineup. With Paul Gaustad and Taylor Beck day 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."
The 28-year-old Stalberg had 22 goals and 43 points for the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-12 season before joining the Predators.