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Best post-lockout Ranger: Round 1, Anton Stralman (5) vs. Aaron Voros (12)

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As the offseason wears on, us and Matt Josephs of Blue Line Station (Twitter: 11Matt_Josephs8) will be running a tournament for the Best Ranger since the 2005 lockout. Henrik Lundqvist won the first matchup against Olli Jokinen in a landslide. And yesterday we saw Martin Rucinsky (#9) upset Nigel Dawes (#8). Today’s matchup is #5 Anton Stralman vs. #12 Aaron Voros:

Anton Stralman (acquired – unrestricted free agent, 2011)

Stalman has been a pretty solid signing since the Devils cut him out of training camp in 2011. Scoring doesn’t tell the whole story for the 26-year-old defenseman, but he does have a line of 6-19-25 in 101 games (all 48 this year) with the Rangers. Stralman didn’t even become a mainstay in the lineup until December of 2011, when injuries to Marc Staal, Mike Sauer, Jeff Woywitka, and Steve Eminger forced Stralman into the lineup. He answered by playing 17 minutes a game and being a solid and reliable defenseman. He’s not flashy, but he gets the job done.

Aaron Voros (acquired  Рunrestricted free agent, 2008)

Voros is a curious character. Most remember his first five games as a Ranger, when he clicked with Brandon Dubinsky and Brian Boyle to the tune of a 3-4-7 start in those five games. It was surprising because Voros wasn’t known as an offensive minded player, just a forward who can fight. Voros would go 5-4-9 for the rest of the season. He found himself sitting in the pressbox towards the end of that season and for half of the following season. All told, Voros put together a line of 11-12-23 with 211 PIMs in 95 games.

Voros would eventually be waived in June 0f 2010, and then traded with Ryan Hillier to Anaheim for Steve Eminger the following month.

So who do you think is the better Ranger, Stralman or Voros? Vote thumbs up for the higher seed (Stralman), or thumbs down for the lower seed (Voros). Voting ends at midnight tonight.

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10 Responses to “Best post-lockout Ranger: Round 1, Anton Stralman (5) vs. Aaron Voros (12)”

  1. Bayman says:

    Voros had one good week.

    • Dave says:

      I remember that one good week and everyone thinking he was the next Todd Bertuzzi (without the whole controversy thing).

  2. Seahorse says:

    Stralmans stepped up in the playoffs too

  3. Tim B says:

    Voros was in front of the net and deflected pucks in as well as shooting in front of the net. I was surprised that week. But Stralman has got the job done ever since he started playing full time.

  4. Bloomer says:

    Voros didn’t he just skate around and get beat up a lot?

  5. Matt Josephs says:

    Devils made a huge mistake not signing Stralman out of pre-season camp. He basically could have made trading for Marek Zidlicky not necessary.

    Stralman’s been a very good soldier for the Rangers since he’s arrived and I definitely see him gone next summer with a pretty weak free agent defenseman class. I could see a team throwing him $3 million a season after next year and the Rangers not being able to retain him.

  6. Spozo says:

    So Stralman is putting a shutout but some people actually voted against Hank?

    Rediculous

  7. wwpd says:

    completely off topic – I meant to say this yesterday but, what’s the deal with the KHL? Everyone talks about it like it is the NHL’s idiot nephew. I have personally never seen a game so I’m not in a position to say, but clearly the owners have the financial power to draw some of the top superstars in the world.

    Is KHL game play equivalent to like the AHL with a few random Kovalchuks and Jagrs popping in and out from time to time? How does it compare to the other top European leagues?

    Not sure if you guys ever wrote a post on this, seems like something you would have done.