The Blackhawks have announced that Viktor Stalberg has signed a two-year deal, avoiding arbitration.
According to ESPN Chicago, the deal is worth a total of $1.75 million, for a cap hit of $875,000 — a real bargain. Stalberg had 12 goals and 24 points in his first season with the Blackhawks. He also ranked fourth on the team with 102 hits.
The Blackhawks still have two more restricted free agents to re-sign, Chris Campoli and Michael Frolik. Campoli’s arbitration hearing is set for August 3.
As you may remember, Frolik is not eligible for arbitration; this is because he has not had four years of NHL experience from the time he signed his entry-level contract with the Florida Panthers. Stalberg doesn’t, either — but since he signed his entry-level contract after the age of 20, the term is reduced. (Thanks to this site for that information.)
Update: CapGeek reports that goaltender Alec Ricards was also signed to a two-year deal worth $525,000 per year.