Their chances of bouncing back from a disappointing season could depend on whether Stalberg can help solve his new team's scoring problems.
Less than two weeks after winning the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks, Stalberg signed a four-year, $12 million contract with Nashville. The Predators hope the 27-year-old forward boosts an offence that scored 2.27 goals per game this past season to match the Florida Panthers for the lowest average in the NHL.
Stalberg said Monday that he was looking for a team that would give him more of an opportunity. The Blackhawks' star-studded roster made it difficult for Stalberg to earn playing time during the post-season.
The old saying in hockey is 'weather the storm.' I put the notion in their heads that we don't want to weather the storm, we want to push just as hard and matched their work ethic. I thought our guys exceeded that in the first period.
— Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins after their loss to the Nashville Predators on Thursday