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Viktor Stalberg hurt during preseason match Tuesday (Updated)

Sep 24, 2013, 9:16 PM EDT

Brett Connolly #14 of the Tampa Bay Lightning controls the puck against Viktor Stalberg #25 of the Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Times Forum on September 19, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.
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After averaging around 14 minutes per game in each of his last two campaigns with the Chicago Blackhawks, Viktor Stalberg signed with the Nashville Predators with the hope he could serve as a top-six forward. Unfortunately, his availability for the start of the season is now unclear.

The Predators announced that Stalberg has suffered an upper-body injury in the first period of Tuesday’s preseason contest against the Tampa Bay Lightning. The didn’t say how serious it is, but he won’t return tonight.

The game isn’t being televised, but Stalberg appeared to injure his right shoulder, according to The Tennessean’s Joshua Cooper.

As much as moving to Nashville is an opportunity for Stalberg, inking him to a four-year, $12 million contract was also important to the Predators. They were one of the worst teams offensively last season and are counting on Stalberg to bolster a rather underwhelming core of forwards.

Update: Predators coach Barry Trotz told Cooper that Stalberg is out for the remainder of the preseason.

  1. blackhawksdynasty - Sep 24, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    “Underwhelming” …. describes Stalberg perfectly. Great speed….but that’s about it. Not a big loss for the preds.

    • arlingtonrob - Sep 25, 2013 at 1:23 AM

      As a Hawk fan I have a slightly different take on Stalberg and his injury. If he misses any time it’s a significant lose for the Preds who can use all of the offensive help they can find…

      …but his departure is not a big lose for the Blackhawks who will find a replacement for his production.

  2. earpaniac - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:01 AM

    Exactly. He’s obviously fast and has some skills, but they never seem to translate to much. I wish him well, he helped bring us another Cup.

  3. earpaniac - Sep 25, 2013 at 12:02 AM

    Exactly. He’s obviously fast and has some skills, but they never seemed to translate to much. I wish him well, he helped bring us another Cup.

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