Stalberg signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Hurricanes on Friday, TSN's Bob McKenzie reports. Stalberg was used in a bottom-six role with the Rangers last season, averaging 12:12 of ice time. The 30-year-old winger collected 144 hits, but was an inconsistent offensive contributor, ending up with 20 points in 75 games. The Hurricanes were poor offensively last season, finishing 27th overall in goals scored, and the onus is now on Stalberg to give them a lift in that category. However, we wouldn't count on that happening given the lack of veteran playmakers in Carolina.
Stalberg took part in line rushes during pregame warmups, indicating he'll be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Penguins, Pat Leonard of the New York Daily News reports. Stalberg will slot into a bottom-six role Wednesday against Pittsburgh, skating with Tanner Glass and Dominic Moore on New York's third line. The 30-year-old winger has only notched 20 points in 75 games this season, and isn't worth a look in playoff pools or daily formats due to his limited role with the Rangers.
Stalberg (lower body) returned to practice Monday, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Stalberg sat out Saturday's game against Detroit, but his return to practice Monday puts him on track to be available for Wednesday's playoff opener against the Penguins.
Stalberg will sit out Saturday's matchup with Detroit with a lower-body injury, Andrew Gross of The Record reports. Coach Alain Vigneault mentioned that there was no way Stalberg could have played Saturday but that he should be available for the start of the playoffs. From a fantasy stand point, the blueliner does not offer much as he is currently riding an eight-game pointless streak in which he has added a mere two PIM and one blocked shot. Even when he returns, your daily lineups are unlikely to be impacted due to the 30-year-old's lack of production.
Stalberg scored his ninth goal of the season in Monday's 4-2 win over the Panthers. The tally snaps a 17-game goal drought for the 30-year-old. It's hard to believe that Stalberg found twine 22 times in 2011-12 with Chicago considering he's managed just 28 in 209 NHL contests since, but such is life for the speedy Swede. With just 20 points in 67 games and an average ice time of 12:19 this year, Stalberg just doesn't warrant much fantasy consideration at this stage in his career.
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