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Rangers sign Anton Stralman for two years, $3.4M

Jul 26, 2012, 7:01 PM EDT

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The New York Rangers avoided arbitration with defenseman Anton Stralman, signing him to a two-year contract worth $3.4 million.

Since joining the Rangers from the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, his time on ice dropped from about 20 minutes per game to a little more than 17. Still, the 25-year-old blueliner found a place in the Rangers’ lineup during his 53 regular season games and 20 playoff contests.

New York’s defensive depth might be a question next season, yet further improvement from Stralman could help alleviate that concern.

Stralman’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for July 31.

  1. gaborik104life - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Good deal for the Rangers losing Erixon hurt the potential bottom pairing. While the top four of Staal, Girardi, Mcd, and MDZ the rangers need a bottom pairing they can trust to play a solid 10-15 mins at the very least something he is capable of. It burned them as the season went on due to the system they are a part of and players grew tired. Having Strallsy with Bickel potentially resigning Eminger it does not seem that bad. On top of that Sather can add someone via trade or free agency for the 6th or 7th spot. Strallsy while he did struggle at times also showed the upside of having him on your roster and he adapted to the system well. Fair deal for both sides if he continues his play.

    • gaborik104life - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:14 PM

      and hopefully Sauer can heal properly and return which would make our 6 very solid…

  2. jkay1818 - Jul 26, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    a lot hinges on sauer. he has top 4 D potential. he has a ton of size and grit, a good skater and makes an excellent initial pass and breakout out of the zone.

  3. gmenfan1982 - Jul 26, 2012 at 8:48 PM

    I don’t understand this lack of defensive depth. Their top 4 is some of the best in the league and Bickel and Stralman were more than reliable last year. Sure they had some better moments but not bad for the bottom of the defense corps.

  4. muir6 - Jul 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Bro where u not watching playoffs their D was thin and on their heels. Steal was shacky , Del Zotto brain dead Bickell forgot how to skate,it was Girardi and Mcdounough and hope Henry stops the puck

    • blackfoot11 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:05 AM

      Good point. Likely why the every Rangers player on the ice was shot blocking so much during the playoffs. This had a direct effect on the offensive transition game….thus the offense struggled on FS and PP. Difficult to get any scoring when guys are sprawled on the ice as the puck is heading the other direction with no numbers.

  5. muir6 - Jul 27, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    Rangers have all the pieces for a great team , but they need Staal to be the player hews becoming before the concussion. If he becomes a all star type of player this team could go far

  6. DED - Jul 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Staal bounced back just fine from his concussion. I don’t really recall him being a liability or a laggard on the ice at all. In no time at all, he got his minutes back. He played as much as Girardi by the end of the season, no?

    The big question mark is whether or not Sauer can return from his concussion. It doesn’t look good. AFAIK he hasn’t been cleared for contact and I don’t even know if he’s skating.

    I think it took a while for Stralman to get back into form after his injury (and healthy scratches), but his wrok in the playoffs was better than during the regular season. I’m glad that the Rangers avoided arbitration and signed him to a reasonable contract.

    I’m hoping that Bickel focuses more on his game this season. He took too many bad penalties. The guy needs some mentoring.

    I think DelZ’s youth caught up to him in the playoffs and his D skills suffered, this his offense was the same. He took too many chances and it bit the team in the ass. With any luck, maturity and experience will channel him into making smarter decisions on the ice.

  7. muir6 - Jul 27, 2012 at 2:29 PM

    Com on I’m a ranger fan but Staal was terrible vs devils had to b on ice torts didn’t trust Bickell or Zotto

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