New York traded away speedy Swedish forward Carl Hagelin at the NHL Entry Draft.
On Wednesday, they signed speedy Swedish forward Viktor Stalberg.
A bit of a stretch? Sure, but there’s definitely something to it — the Rangers added an older, cheaper winger that can skate in Stalberg, who agreed to a one-year, $1.1 million pact just days after getting bought out by the Predators.
The former Blackhawk failed to live up to expectations in Nashville after signing a four-year, $12 million deal in the summer of ’13. He spent time in AHL Milwaukee last season, though part of that was rehabbing from injury; when up with the Preds, Stalberg had decent production — 10 points in 25 games — and was a pretty useful contributor in the club’s opening-round playoff loss to Chicago, finishing with three points in six contests.
For New York, the contract is a low-cost, low-risk move, and those are the types of deals the Rangers need to take on as they’re up against it in terms of the salary cap. New deals are still needed for the likes of Derek Stepan, J.T. Miller, Emerson Etem and Jesper Fast.
Cody Hodgson and Viktor Stalberg have been placed on unconditional waivers for the purpose of a buyout.
According to Capfriendly.com, Hodgson’s buyout will cost the Sabres $6.3 million over the next eight years. Hodgson will count against Buffalo’s cap until the 2022-23 season. His buyout will carry a cap hit of $1.041 million during the 2014-15 season and will cost the Sabres $791,667 in each of the final four seasons.
Hodgson has four years remaining on his six-year, $25.5 million deal, which carries a cap hit of $4.25 million.
The 25-year-old scored six goals and seven assists to go along with a minus-28 rating in 78 games last season.
He is one season removed from a career-high 20-goal, 44-point campaign.
Stalberg appeared in 25 games with the Preds during the 2014-15 season scoring two goals and eight assists. The 29-year-old added 11 goals and six assists in 20 American Hockey League games with the Milwaukee Admirals.
He has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $12 million deal with a cap hit of $3 million.
Per Capfriendly.com, the buyout will cost Nashville $4.7 million over the next four years. Stalberg will account for $666,667 against the cap in each of the next two seasons. He will have a cap hit of $1.2 million each of the final two seasons of the buyout.
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It seems very likely that forward Viktor Stalberg has played in his last game with the Nashville Predators given that he was waived on Wednesday.
Nothing is set in stone yet though.
“We’re talking to a couple teams about possibly making a trade,” Poile told the Tennessean. “Thought that if that was going to happen, it might have happened (Saturday) … there’s also the possibility that we could buy him out.”
Stalberg has two seasons remaining on his four-year, $12 million contract and given that he’s already cleared waivers, Nashville would presumably need to sweeten the pot in order to move him. A buyout would cost them roughly $4.7 million against the cap over the next four seasons, so the Predators should be motivated sellers.
One potential trading partner could be the Toronto Maple Leafs, per TVA Sports’ Renaud Lavoie.
When Nashville signed Stalberg, it was with the hopes that he could bolster their offense while playing a bigger role than he had been in Chicago. Instead, Stalberg averaged just 12:35 minutes per game in 2013-14 and spent part of the 2014-15 campaign in the minors.