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Agent: ‘Highly likely’ Stalberg’s done in Chicago

Jun 29, 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

Viktor Stalberg AP

In news that shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, Viktor Stalberg is unlikely to be back with the Blackhawks next season.

“It seems highly likely that Vik will be entering the free agent marketplace,” agent Wade Arnott told ESPN’s Craig Custance.

Stalberg, 27, fell out of head coach Joel Quenneville’s favor during the playoffs and was a healthy scratch four times during the Stanley Cup run — hence the “no surprise” thing.

But this isn’t to say Stalberg won’t generate interest when he becomes a UFA on July 5.

At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, he’s got the size and skating ability — he was one of Chicago’s fastest players — to be a handful for opposing defensemen.

He posted career-highs in goals (22) and points (43) in 2011-12 and, in the shortened 2013 season, still managed to score at a 0.49 points per game clip, pretty close to what he posted the season prior (0.54).

He was non-committal in speaking about his future in Chicago, saying he “loved” playing for the ‘Hawks, but adding “over the last three years I’ve showed I deserve to play maybe more times than I got an opportunity to do here.”

  1. hockeyflow33 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    The Bruins will apparently have some openings

  2. bollandio - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:37 PM

    So much potential, so little awareness.. adios, Stals.

  3. loosechange19 - Jun 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    One of my favorite hawks

    Sad to see him go but understand the business side of things

  4. blackhawksdynasty - Jun 29, 2013 at 5:03 PM

    Somebody’s gonna overpay for Stalberg. He’s really fast, but has terrible hands and NO composure. A defensive liability, he brings the attitude of a star, with none of the skill. Sorry Hawks fans, but I’m glad to see him go.

  5. 1901wmadison - Jun 29, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    Couldn’t agree more. Somebody will pay too much for him to find out he’s really not as good as he seems to think he is.

    Very good skater – just not that good at anything else.

  6. charliereno - Jun 30, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    Agree with Blackhawksdynasty.

    Bye Vik.

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