Originally posted on The Predatorial  |  Last updated 8/30/13
Originally drafted in 2006 by the Toronto Maple Leafs, Viktor Stalberg has seen both sides of the coin in his short career in the NHL. After spending his last three years with the defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks, Stalberg now finds himself as a prized free agent signee for a Nashville Predators team that is sorely looking for an injection of speed and talent. As the final minute ticked off the clock inside Boston’s TD Garden on June 24th, Stalberg’s career was about to reach the pinnacle of sports achievements: Lord Stanley’s Cup. With the Blackhawks scoring two goals in a span of 16 seconds, Chicago had just finished an improbably comeback in Game Six of the Cup Finals to win the Stanley Cup and return as champions only three seasons removed from their last championship. Even in that moment, though, Stalberg may have realized that his time had come to an end in Chicago. Scoring 90 points in his 203 games with the Blackhawks, Stalberg had slowly fallen down the depth
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