Predators sign Stalberg, Hendricks to four-year deals
The Nashville Predators have bolstered their forward group with two signings on the first day of free agency. They’ve inked C Matt Hendricks, formerly of the Washington Capitals, and LW Viktor Stalberg, fresh off a Stanley Cup championship with the Chicago Blackhawks, to four-year deals.
Hendricks, 32, will come in as a checking-line center for the Predators. He was third on Washington last year in face-off percentage (56.8), and racked up 93 hits while leading the team in penalty minutes (73). Though he was originally drafted by the Predators in the fifth round of the 2000 Draft, Hendricks never played a minute of ice time with the team, making his NHL debut as a member of the Colorado Avalanche in 2008. His deal with Nashville worth a total of $7.4M, as per Nashville’s official site.
Stalberg, 27, will be expected to boost a forward group that featured only three double-digit goal scorers last season. A four-year NHL veteran, Stalberg’s best season came in 2011-12, when he racked up 22 goals along with 21 assists. Originally a sixth-round pick of the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2006, Stalberg has played in 243 NHL games (the first 40 with Toronto, the rest with Chicago), while amassing 104 points, an even split of 52 goals and 52 assists. His contract with the Predators will be for $12M.