Memorial Day notes: Stralman injury, RFAs, arbitration

May 27, 2013, by

Per Pat Leonard, Anton Stralman is dealing with facial fractures as a result of the Milan Lucic hit in Game Three, and this is why he was held out of Games Four and Five. Katie Strang added to this, noting that Stralman also has a separated shoulder. Expect more injury news like this to leak out in the next week or so as players leave on exit day.

The Rangers have four key RFAs (Carl Hagelin, Ryan McDonagh, Derek Stepan, Mats Zuccarello). Of the four, Hagelin, McDonagh, and Zuccarello are arbitration eligible based on the age they signed their first contract. Stepan is not arbitration eligible. The Rangers also have four players who are UFAs (Ryane Clowe, Roman Hamrlik, Matt Gilroy, Steve Eminger).

As noted earlier, the Rangers have until June 1 to sign 2011 draftees Shane McColgan (4th), Sam Noreau (6th), and Peter Ceresnak (7th). Of the bunch, it is likely that Ceresnak won’t be signed, but the other two are toss ups.

Enjoy your Memorial Day.


  1. Walt says:

    With the buy out of Richards, we will be in a position to grant well deserved raises to Hags, Step, and most important, McD. Zucc should be offered a contract, not very big at that, but this way should he walk, we get something in return, like draft picks.

    Slats does a good job with the contracts for our younger players, gives them raises, and lets them earn larger contracts after the RFA agreement expires. If he could only learn not to sign the free agent stars to huge contracts, only to have to eat them in a few years.

    Interesting to hear about Strals, shoulder and facial injuries. I just wonder if Lucic would have taken such liberties had Clowe, or any other enforcer was on the team??? Hope he has a speedy recovery.

  2. TxRanger says:

    We obviously should resign all of our RFAs. Concerning the UFAs, offer Clowe a realistic contract, if he wants more money, then let him walk. Good riddance to the rest of the UFAs.

    As far as Free Agency, sign depth, depth, and more depth. I also think, we need to go after a proven enforcer-type.

    Oh and waive Pyatt or something.

  3. Ray says:

    The Rangers will have to do some housecleaning, at least at the forward level. With their 50 man roster full (undesirable), they have 29 forwards and probably want fewer than that going into the next season. There are only 8 free agents and the Rangers already must add three forwards (St. Croix, Kantor, Nicholls) and so they are already at 24. If they sign Hagelin, Stepan, Clowe, Zuccarello, that puts them at 28, perhaps already higher than desirable. And they were interested enough in Segal, Mashinter to call them up at the end.

    I expect some forward for draft choice trades ahead. And at least one, “why did they trade him?”

    • Dave says:

      The 50 man roster is nowhere near full:

      • Ray says:

        I realize this, but assuming Hagelin, Stepan, McDonagh are resigned, the 50 man roster will have 26 forwards, 9 defensemen, and 5 goaltenders. Something like 28-14-5 is ideal going into camp. Obviously the Rangers are going to be eager to add more defensemen, but forward slots come at a premium with a number of good candidates among our own free agents and presumably the Rangers will want to add some new faces as well.

        I would have thought the Rangers would keep Ferreiro, but now I doubt it.

  4. bernmeister says:

    Ceresnak and Noreau should both be signed.

    • Dave says:

      Noreau will likely get signed (IMO). Ceresnak I doubt it. He’s been less than impressive.