Friday, November 4, 2011

Rangers Sign Defenseman Anton Stralman (update, made official 11/5)

Updated 11/5 @ 3:25pm:

According to the Daily News, the deal was today made official and Mike Rupp who will undergo surgery next week, has been placed on injury reserve.

 TSN confirms that the Rangers have signed Anton Stralman, a rumor that has been circulating for well over a week now.

According to TSN:
The New York Rangers signed defenceman Anton Stralman to a one-year, $900,000 contract on Thursday.
Stralman was an unrestricted free agent after the Columbus Blue Jackets did not make him a qualifying offer this summer.
Unfortunately this isn't the best of news, because it appears that Marc Staal may be out for much longer than had originally been expected. According to the NYRBlog the Rangers probably have not officially announced this deal because they are waiting to place Staal on long term injury reserve and clear some significant salary cap. I'm not sure how accurate that is, unless the Rangers are potentially ready to make another move, because right now the team would have the cap space to add the $900k cap hit.

As far as Stralman goes, it's a depth move for sure. However, from what I've read he's a very soft defenseman and as a PuckCentral commenter pointed out when the rumor began last week, he sounds like "Christian Backman 2.0." And that's not a good thing. Only time will tell, he'll likely rotate in and out of the lineup as needed for Eminger and Woywitka as long as the defense remains healthy (minus Staal of course).

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