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Report: Rangers sign Anton Stralman

Via Bob McKenzie, the Rangers have signed right-handed defenseman Anton Stralman to a one-year contract worth $900,000. The team has not yet confirmed the signing according to Steve Zipay. The Rangers’ interest in Stralman has been rumored for what feels like weeks now, and the move just adds some blue line depth given Marc Staal’s continued absence due to concussion-like symptoms.

12 Responses to “Report: Rangers sign Anton Stralman”

  1. bob says:

    I assume this will put the trade ideas to rest.Which is good in my opinion.Bides us some time while our guys in Conn. develop.With a little luck Staal will be back soon.

  2. Pete says:

    Off topic but man does Fowler look like he’s gonna be something. Lets hope McIlrath summons his inner Beukeboom…

    • Rich A says:

      Fowler looked very good at times tonight”carrying the mail.” (Oh how I want to punch the Ducks announcers in the mouth.) However, he was very weak in his own end, he did not look at all impressive defensively.

      • Pete says:

        While that might be true, lets keep in mind that he is 19 (turning 20 in a few months I believe). He turned in a 40 point rookie season so clearly he has the “chance” to be special if he focuses on furthering his defense to compliment the offense. Either way, I hope Dylan turns into a bone crusher.

    • Dave says:

      Fowler will be a very good offensive player who can dish the puck around. However, he will be a Mike Green type in the sense that he will be a liability in his own end.

      Of course, he could focus his attention on that particular weakness. But as of now, Fowler and Del Zotto have similar career paths.

      • Pete says:

        I would do a MDZ/Fowler trade in heartbeat. So would most I believe. But yes, they are both offensive D-men that have the potential to be good/very good.

  3. Walt says:

    Pete, you took the words right out of my post!

    This signing makes sense for many reasons, mainly depth, but more importantly, it doesn’t cost us any players, draft picks, and fills a hole that needed to be addressed. To be honest, I don’t know the player in question, but he more than likely is another 6 or 7th caliber d-man.

    Can anyone explain to me what the is problem with this team, and playing at home. Tonights game started like gang buster, total domination until Ryan’s goal, them they put me to sleep with their play.

    I hear that WW left the game because of a groin issue, now Torts will be forced to play Avery, and Sean will get his last shot at staying up with the team for the rest of this season. Let’s face it guys, WW lacks gonads, and with him out, and Avery in, it will change the tempo, and grit of the team.

  4. Rickyrants13 says:

    McIlrath will be just fine. I still back the pick. here is a bot more on the new D man.

    An offensively very gifted defenseman. Strålman has good hockey sense and reads the game well and is not afraid to join the rush. He has a very good point shot and a great player to use on the power play, not because of his release but his smart passing game as well. Defensively he is quite reliable, although hardly a physical force. Strålman is a decent skater, not overly impressive in full flight but he accelerates well.

  5. George says:

    Since Stralman is a righty shot I think Eminger sits. I’m not crazy about Woywitka either, but for now I think he stays in the lineup.

    • Dave says:

      Woywitka had a good game last night, so I think he stays. Nice guy too, ran into him at a bar after the game.

  6. Rickyrants13 says:

    Del Zotta seems to have figured out that the only way he is gonna stay in the NHL is if he can play D. And his plus 7 so far leads the team. And thats mostly playing with retreads…

    Where Fowler so far hasnt proven that he can play D. His minus 25 last year and his minus 2 to start this year arer’nt going to tell his future. But if he was on the Rangers he would be getting the buisness like no other.