Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Will Anton Stralman Be a NYR? Offer Made

Source: The Star
There was a report yesterday on a Swedish website that the Rangers were interested in defenseman Anton Stralman. Stralman was in the New Jersey Devils training camp on  a tryout but was not offered a contract for this season.

According to Fire & Ice the Rangers have in fact made a contract offer for Stralman. Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of this. I don't know much about Stralman but from what I've read he's a semi-decent defenseman, a good passer but is "as soft as a pillow."
Stralman, who has 11 goals and 63 assists in 212 career NHL games with Toronto and Columbus, has yet to decline or accept the contract the Rangers offered. He also reportedly is weighing an offer to play for HV 71 in the Swedish Elite League.

The Rangers have been looking for help on defense with Marc Staal still sidelined with post-concussion symptoms.

Stralman had no points and an even defensive rating in four preseason games with the Devils.
Now, does this give any indication as to how Marc Staal is progressing? It's expected that Mike Sauer will return to the Rangers lineup within the next game or so. This likely means that Woywitka would be heading to Connecticut as the Rangers would immediately have eight defensemen, not counting Staal.

Defensively, the pairs would likely look something like this:

Sauer-Del Zotto
Eminger (subbing in as needed)

Of course when Staal then returns another defenseman would be sent to the AHL. Unfortunately, if Staal's return were likely to be anytime soon I highly doubt that they'd be sniffing around Stralman.

With King Henrik and Marty Biron standing on their heads so far for the Rangers it's hard to tell how good/bad the defense has been. The more pressing issue for me (and likely anyone watching a period of this Rangers season) has been their inability to not only score but to have any sustained offensive pressure.

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