Viktor Stalberg, the 29 year-old forward signed as a free agent this past summer by the Rangers, has been in New York for the past two weeks getting used to his new surroundings and training with his new teammates.
On Wednesday Stalberg met with reporters at the MSG Training Center to discuss his fresh start in New York after groin and knee injuries limited him to 25 games played in Nashville a year ago.
Here's some of what Viktor Stalberg had to say:
"I'm starting to get settled in here in New York. I've been here quite a few times over the years, but it's still a lot different when you live here and realize how long everything takes! I've learned to plan ahead a little bit more than I did in Nashville!"
"I'm looking forward to hopefully find a role here and play that (role) so that I feel like I am contributing every night on a good team. For me this is a really good fit, and that's what I was looking for. I wanted to find a team where I could have a good role and play that role well every night, where I'd be contributing. The last two years I've been bouncing around the lineup and there just hasn't been any continuity in what I've been doing. In Chicago (where he won a Stanley Cup in 2013) I had more of a set role on the third line and found more confidence in knowing what was expected of me every night."
"I think I've been a part of this long enough to know it sorts itself out. There's obviously tough competition for spots and playing time--it's a good group of guys here--so we'll see what happens here. You have to make sure to take care of your own business and everything else then usually finds a way to fall into place."
"I had a tough year with injuries last year. I don't think I really got healthy again until after Christmas. Obviously coming back at that point it was tough to find good ice time because our team, Nashville, was in first place. It was a long season for me, but I finished well and felt like I was playing my best hockey at the end of the year--so I at least brought that confidence with me entering this year."