Ex-Senator Viktor Stalberg leaves NHL, signs with Swiss team

Newest Ottawa Senator Viktor Stalberg talks about his excitement to play for a team built with so much talent and one built for the playoffs.

Viktor Stalberg is Switzerland-bound after signing a deal with Swiss hockey club EV Zug of the National League.

Stalberg most recently played for the Ottawa Senators, joining the playoff club as a rental from the Carolina Hurricanes. The 31-year-old Swede registered 11 goals and five assists in 75 games in 2016-17 and contributed two assists in 17 games in a depth role with Ottawa this past post-season.

All has been fairly quiet for Stalberg on the free agency front since July 1. As Sportsnet’s Luke Fox reported earlier this week, NHL teams had shown interest though it was believed Stalberg preferred to stay put in Canada’s capital.

A report in the Ottawa Citizen reported that Senators brass and Stalberg had been in talks as free agency approached.

Overall, the winger has tallied 82 goals and 86 assists in 488 career NHL games with the Maple Leafs, Blackhawks (with whom he won the Stanley Cup in 2013), Predators, Rangers, Hurricanes and Senators.

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