Preds waive Clune, Stalberg


The Nashville Predators have placed forwards Rich Clune and Viktor Stalberg on waivers, per TSN.

Both have been subjected to standard waivers, not unconditional — the latter, of course, is the route many NHL clubs take in order to buy a player out of his contract.

As such, it appears Clune and Stalberg are simply there for the taking, should another team be interested. The former, a veteran of 120 career NHL contests, appeared in just one for the Preds last season, spending almost all of the year in AHL Milwaukee.

The latter, signed to a fairly lucrative four-year, $12 million deal in the summer of 2013, also spent time in 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.

That said, Stalberg has been subjected to waivers a few times now, suggesting Preds GM David Poile might not be all that enamored with what the Swedish speedster’s provided since coming aboard.