Memorial Day notes: Stralman injury, RFAs, arbitrationMay 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.