The Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions but just like the last time they won the Cup, the roster will undergo some changes this offseason. One of those changes includes the fact that winger Viktor Stalberg is “highly unlikely” to return in Chicago next season, per a report from ESPN NHL writer Craig Custance.
Spoke w/Wade Arnott, agent for Viktor Stalberg: “It seems highly likely that Vik will be entering the free agent marketplace.”
— Craig Custance (@CraigCustance) June 29, 2013
With news that Stalberg is unlikely to return, Blackhawks fans are reminded of how they lost big names like Dustin Byfuglien and netminder Antti Niemi in free agency. But while he was a popular name with the team, it shouldn’t come as a complete shock that Stalberg is going to test the open market as he had a notable falling out with head coach Joel Quenneville during the playoffs and was benched against the Detroit Red Wings.
He’s only 27 years old and has the ability to be a great scoring option while on the ice, which means he’s going to drum up interest from more than a few teams starting July 5th.
BUt just like how actors coming off of Academy Award wins get paid more for having the title Academy Award Winner, Stalberg is coming right off of a Stanley Cup win and some teams might want to pay him a little extra to get him on roster and excite the fan base.