When Does Stralman Play?

November 23, 2011, by

When the Rangers signed Anton Stralman early this season, the immediate question was finding where he fit in on the roster. With the state of the Rangers defense, specifically the bottom pairing, in what can only be called a state of flux, the question now is when Stralman actually plays, and not if he actually plays.

Stralman may not bring much to the table defensively (1.2 DGVT, 1.5 GVT in 2010-2011), but he brings more to the bottom pairing than Steve Eminger (0.5 GVT in 2010-2011), who has struggled mightily this season. Eminger was great in a pinch for the Rangers last season when the club lost Michal Rozsival to injury for an extended period. He filled in admirably, and his play was a factor –along with Ryan McDonagh– in the decision to trade Rozsival.

Oh how I would love to have Rozsival on this blue line right now.

But Rozsival is gone, and Stralman is currently waiting to get in. He practiced on one of the powerplay units yesterday, manning a point position along with Brad Richards. John Tortorella has been saying that he doesn’t know when Stralman will get in, but if he’s on the powerplay in practice, it means he will be on the ice with the team very soon.

The Rangers simply cannot continue with Dan Girardi playing 75 minutes in a 60 minute game. At some point his legs are going to go on strike. Ryan McDonagh isn’t that far behind Girardi in ice time, and the Michael connection (Del Zotto, Sauer) is currently playing 23 minutes a game as well. There needs to be balance among the defensive pairings. Marc Staal isn’t coming back soon, so hopefully Stralman can provide some sort of short term stability.


  1. Walt says:

    It could happen tonight in Florida!!!!!

    The question of the day, with the PP not working, why isn’t Boyle, and that hugh frame not on the PP stationed in front og their goalie?????

  2. Mikeyyyy says:

    Maybe we should send Emmy, Jeff w, sauer, and mdz down to the whale. Playing only 5 minutes a night is not good for their development.

    At some point they are going to need to spread playing time around. Take a few losses on the chin for the long term viability of the team. They can’t learn with their butts on the bench. Plus what good is the extreme conditioning that they all have when they never use it. At some point torts needs to understand that your team is only as strong as its weakest player and work to fix that.

    Yes torts is trying different things, but his flaw is that while he rotates lines and looks for combos that work. He does not change his start during the games. Watch other teams identify where they are getting stopped up and alter their play to get around it.

    Then watch the ramgers play and do the same thing over and over. Montreal game case in point. A
    So you will notice that when a team plays hard just past the blue line near the red line forcing the ramgers to make plays 10 feet from the o blue line they run Into issues. If your confused just watch a few games and you will see what I am saying.

    • The Suit says:

      MDZ and Sauer are only playing 5 mins a night? Did you even read the post?

      • bob says:

        That means Girardi and McD are playing 50 minutes a night.I think Tort’s is asking too much.

      • Mikeyyyy says:

        I was being silly about the first part. But serious about the second part.

        • bob says:

          But in a way your right that the top guys are playing too many minutes some nights.They gotta burnt out by the 10 minute mark of the third.The other thing I personally feel is that some players just can’t get their legs going when they only play a few minutes in the first.It seems like it is every game that half the players get limited minutes.If he feels he can’t trust them or whatever his reasoning.Then someone should be benched and bring up someone from the minors.We are supposed to be a forechecking team,but I have not seen many good forechecking shifts this year.Even during the winning streak,our forecheck was horrible.Obviously our offensive game is weak.Dead last in shots,almost last in missed shots,tied at like 27th in goals for and probably the worst PP.And if our “top” guys are playing half the game,then we got serious problems.It is time to start holding the players accountable.

  3. bob says:

    Suprised this guy is so out of shape.Or is he not in Tort’s shape.Whatever,we need someone who can let it rip from the point.I hope he gets in there soon,so we can see what he’s got.And I too would like to see Boyle in front of the net on the PP.But everybody on the PP gotta move their feet more.

  4. Walt says:

    I mentioned Boyle, what about Dubi?

    As a matter of fact, how about anyone in front of the goalie while on the PP. It appears that we have set plays, and are trying to look pretty scoreing. Give me an ugly woman who cooks well, I can be happy with my eyes closed, same holds true for an ugly goal. I really didn’t mean that about an ugly woman, that is demeaning, but it holds true for the goal.

    How about putting Prust, Boyle, Cally, and any other pair on the point, and see what results we can get. I believe that the results will be the same, no production! Get tapes of teams like the Pens, Flyers, Habs, and other teams that score on a regular basis, and try to replicate their PP units play.

    Torts is ready to make changes all game long with the lines, try this for a change, it’s right up his alley!!!!!

    Gravey, where are you when we need you most!!!!!!!

    • bob says:

      We need somebody in front of the net.And the fowards down low need to keep moving.I wonder if they should even bother setting up.We stay stationary and play hot potato with the puck.Maybe the 4 guys w/o the puck should just storm the net.When you have a player moving around in front of the net it distacts the 2 defenders and they cant get set-up.Then when someone takes a shot he slides toward the shot for a screen or deflection.

  5. bob says:

    Supposedly Giannone will be interviewing Strallman tonight so its an assumption that he will get his chance tonight.

  6. bob says:

    I wonder how much better our PP would be if we signed Jagr.I’m not usually a “what if” person but I wonder if Sather should have pursue him.I personally would have liked to give him a year.I think he got a little more money from Philly then I thought he would.But I think if we offered him a little less before the Philly offer,he probably would have come back.He was always a great skater so at his age you know he can still handle 12-13 mins. a game.He looked good in the few games I have seem him play.