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Alain Vigneault was asked about former Rangers Anton Stralman earlier today and said that Stralman played a major role for the Rangers and big minutes against top players.

He then added, "every team has cap issues, and we had cap issues at that time.

Stralman though disputed what Vigneault said and mentioned that the salary cap had nothing to do with him not coming back to the Rangers. (Gross)

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During the middle of last season Anton Stralman reportedly turned down a three-year offer from the Rangers that would have totaled $9 million.

The Rangers had reportedly been ready to offer Stralman a 3-4 year deal worth $4 million per season but talks did not go anywhere.

Stralman went to Free Agency and signed a Five-Year deal worth $4.5 million per season which was reportedly less than what he was asking from the Rangers.

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11/16/14 | 7:59PM: Dan Girardi said that it will feel "a little different" playing against Callahan. (Newsday)

9:49PM: Stralman said that the three haven't talked much about it but if there is any game they want to win it's tomorrow. (Newsday)

Callahan said that he doesn't know what kind of reception they will get but he is excited to go back and play at MSG. (Newsday)

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Anton Stralman says that he wanted to stay with the Rangers and that he and his family had felt like they had moved around enough. (Hockey Sverige via Puck Daddy)Stralman says that the Rangers made an offer to Stralman, Stralman countered and was prepared to negotiate and the Rangers never made another offer. (Hockey Sverige via Puck Daddy)

He said he is "incredibly disappointed" with what happened but understood what the Rangers plan was when they signed Dan Boyle. (Hockey Sverige via Puck Daddy)

He adds, "I think you could have the respect to tell me earlier that you wanted to go a different route."(Hockey Sverige via Puck Daddy)

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8/20/14 | 8:51AM: Henrik Lundqvist said that the Rangers wanted to bring Anton Stralman back but when you are offered a "very good contract" somewhere else, it's easy to accept it. (Hockey Sverige)Lundqvist said that it was hard for Stralman to say no to the offer from Tampa Bay and that these things happen when players have good seasons in their "contract years." (Hockey Sverige)

On Stralman as a player, Lundqvist said that he was "very good for us, no doubt about that" and was one of the Rangers better defenders at the end of the season. (Hockey Sverige)

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8/13/14 | 9:22AM: Stralman said that it was tough for him to move on from the fact that he wasn't going to stay with the Rangers. He said that even after he signed his deal with Tampa Bay, he still felt "a little let down" that he wasn't staying after things had gone so well. (SverigeRadio)

7/4/14 | 9AM: On July 1, Anton Stralman signed a five-year deal with Tampa Bay that has a cap hit of $4.5 million and includes a modified no-trade clause.

Stralman said when the season ended that his main objective with his new contract was to achieve security for his family.

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When Anton Stralman spoke on breakup day, he mentioned how the most important thing in his next contract was going to be security for him and his family.

Stralman's five-year deal in Tampa Bay, that includes a modified no-trade clause, accomplished just that. He said that he was looking for a long-term deal with with a no trade clause and that he is "really, really happy" with the deal that he signed. (Raw Charge)

Stralman has said that he was disappointed that there wasn't much talk with the Rangers about bringing him back.

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Yesterday, both Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman signed in Tampa Bay and joined their former captain, Ryan Callahan.

Tampa GM Steve Yzerman said that Stralman can play a lot of minutes, is a reliable defender and most importantly a right hand shot. He said that Boyle fills a hole at center, is big and is a good penalty killer and defender. (TBO via PHT)

Yzerman also said that he sought advice from Callahan about his two former teammates and to make sure they would fit into the Tampa locker room. Yzerman said that Callahan provided a "wealth" of information."? (TBO via PHT)

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5:44PM: Stralman said that he has a no-trade clause and that stability for his family was the most important thing. (Joe Smith)

2:42PM: It is FIVE-YEARS and $22.5 million, which is a cap hit of $4.5 million. (TSN)

2:40PM: "Anton Stralman should be very grateful to the NYR, and John Tortorella for resuscitating his career...perhaps a % of the new deal to JT." (John Shannon)

2:39PM: Stralman's contract with the Lightning is less than what he asked the Rangers. (Brooks)

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12:08PM: The Rangers are out on Stralman, according to his agent. (LeBrun)

12:07PM: Stralman is not returning to the Rangers. (Leonard)

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Pierre LeBrun, Darren Dreger, Bob McKenzie and Gino Reda discuss the latest rumors on Insider Trading: (TSN)

  • On Paul Stastny, "They were contacting teams and telling them they were out. Winnipeg is out and now it comes down to fit and money and I think it comes down to three options, 1) re-sign in Colorado which is still what I think is the strongest move if the Avs raise their offer and I think they will in the next 24 hours. 2) St. Louis is very intriguing, he still has a home there, I think they will push hard and I don't think they will offer him term but they will offer him top dollar on a shorter term deal, 3) is hitting the lottery and going for the longest term and most money."
  • On Jarome Iginla, "Boston would like to have him back and he would like to go back but Boston has cap issues and they don't know if they can do it to the point that they have started kicking tired on Radim Vrbata. As for Iginla, he will sleep on it and whittle down his list, Detroit, Tampa, Minnesota is interested and there are more than that and is it a 1-year deal or 2-year deal and Iginla is drawing attention."
  • On Matt Niskanen, "He is the most sought after, righthander and put up a lot of points but it is going to cost you, 6-7 years and likely between $6 to $6.5 million. Tampa will make an offer, they cleared up space, need a righty, I don't think Tampa will offer the most but they will make a big push. His list is being cut down."
  • On Dan Boyle, "Tampa is in the market for a veteran and Dan Boyle has been popping up. His list is down to 5 teams and we know that he wants a two-year deal and will probably get a two-year deal, probably at $5 million or better but list includes Tampa Bay, Toronto, Detroit, Montreal and the Rangers."
  • On Anton Stralman, "Stralman is not close with the Rangers and the Rangers are going to make one last push with him whether it's Monday night or Tuesday morning. At the end of the day he has more term and more money, between $4.5 million to $5 million elsewhere."
  • On Christian Ehroff, "he is a left shot who plays on the right side and he won't be looking for as much money or term as Niskanen but probably in the five-year range at $5 million plus per year, he wants to play on a chance to win. He is looking at Anaheim, Tampa or Pitt or Detroit."
  • On the Flames, "full credit to Brad Treliving who made a few interesting offers where Carolina would send Cam Ward and their first round pick, seventh overall, he also made a pitch to the Coyotes to where they would take?Ribeiro for the 12th overall and that wouldn't go because?Ribeiro wouldn't waive to go there."
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Unless a "dramatic and unexpected change" occurs, Brian Boyle, Anton Stralman and Benoit Pouliot are all likely to leave the Rangers and become unrestricted free agents tomorrow at Noon. (Larry Brooks)

The Penguins are expected to make a push for Pouliot. (Larry Brooks)

The latest on Stralman was that talks between he and the Rangers were not going as planned.

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6/26/14 | 6:54AM: Stralman is believed to be scouring the market and Larry Brooks says that it may work against the Rangers that the Oilers gave "marginal" defenseman Nikita Nikitin $4.5 million per year for two years. He does note though that Nikitin only got two-years and had to get that deal from Edmonton. (NY Post)

6/25/14 | 7:19PM: The talks between Anton Stralman and the Rangers are "not going as expected." (Renaud Lavoie)

Lavoie wonders if things will change over the next few days.

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Since 2011-12, Anton Stralman ranks 104th overall in total ice time for defensemen with 3,344 minutes. (HR)

Stralman played the 8th most minutes of any defensemen in the playoffs this year.

A Swedish newspaper labeled Stralman as one of the most underrated players in the NHL, someone who rarely makes mistakes and someone whose defensive game is "many classes" better than it was three years ago. (Expressen)

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Anton Stralman, Benoit Pouliot and former Rangers Ryan Callahan and Brad Richards make Craig Custance's top 25 free agents. (ESPN Insider)

Stralman was ninth on the list and he told Custance that he is comfortable in Alain Vigneault's system. He said that it was an easy transition for him and Dave Maloney has said all season that from start to end Stralman was the Rangers most consistent defenseman.

Richards is 17th and one scout told Custance that Richards still has tremendous qualities with his vision, shot and passing. Custance says that Richards is best suited for a bottom-six role but one that features him on the PP and covers up his defensive issues.

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Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers appear to have allotted around $4 million per year for Anton Stralman on a three or four-year deal. (NY Post)

Stralman is coming off a two-year deal that had a cap hit of $1.7 million per year and an actual salary of $1.8 million this year.

"Somebody is going to pay Anton Stralman a lot of money in free agency and somebody is going to end up disappointed" (Steve Simmons, Toronto Sun)

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4:08PM: Nick Kypreos said on Hockey Central at Noon Today that Stralman stepped up in the playoffs. Doug MacLean said that Marc Staal is a great guy to play with and you can bring in a cheaper guy and put him with Staal and then you have a good pair. Stralman benefited from that but give him credit too.

10:10AM: The Rangers are unable to give all of their free agents a raise but Anton Stralman is one player that they hope to retain. (Marc Spector)

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Anton Stralman said yesterday during breakup day that the most important thing with his new contract is that it allows him and his family to set down roots in one place.

Stralman said "the only thing in my mind is security for me and my family. We have been moving a lot and doing 4 teams in 7 years and all we are looking for is stability and staying in one place and this is where we would like to stay. I hope it will happen. We will see." (Rangers)

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Larry Brooks writes that the Rangers deep playoff run may have changed how they approach re-signing their free agents this summer since the values of some players may be too much for them to bring back. (NY Post)

Brooks says that the Rangers players have paid a price to get to the Stanley Cup Final and the management team will have to pay higher prices to keep this group together. (NY Post)

He says that Brian Boyle has shown his value to the team but will be sought after if he goes to UFA on July one. Anton Stralman will need to be paid to avoid free agency, Dominic Moore will need a "tidy" increase to keep, Derick Brassard and Mats Zuccarello will need multi-year deals to avoid arbitration and make them eligible for UFA in 2015. (NY Post)

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Anton Stralman played 21:03 per game in the playoffs and had five assists.

Stralman had 37 hits and 20 blocked shots.

In the regular season, when Stralman was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers controlled 56.5% of the shot attempts. In the playoffs, that number was 49.6%. (ES)

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3/10/14: 8:18AM: Stralman's agent called the report of Stralman rejecting the below contract offer "false" but did not to elaborate. (Daily News)

3/9/14: 7:45AM: Anton Stralman rejected a contract extension offer that is believed to be three-years and around $9 million. (NY Post)

Larry Brooks writes that the rejection of the contract offer is "somewhat shocking" but the team will take another shot at an extension after the season. (NY Post)

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There is a chance that Anton Stralman's agent and the Rangers begin contract extension talk during the Olympic break. (Daily News)

Stralman said that he considers it to be a "bonus" if the two sides talk during the season and that he doesn't expect anything to happen until he hears otherwise. (Daily News)

Dave Maloney said on Hockey Night Live, "the best defenseman since day 1, the most consistent believe it or not has been Anton Stralman. That probably cost Michael Del Zotto his career in NY. Del Zotto couldn't supplant him to be a top four defense.

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Following the Rangers win over the Red Wings last night, Anton Stralman was overheard saying "Henrik's Back" to Lundqvist as they were celebrating and skating towards center ice for the stick salute.

Following the game, John Giannone asked Stralman about his comment and Stralman said that it was more about Lundqvist getting a shutout and thus the return of Lundqvist's wine lottery, where he gives out three bottles of wine after every shutout. Stralman said that he says the same thing to Lundqvist after every shutout.

Marty Biron said on MSG last night that when he would start games he would do a liquor lottery for his teammates.

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This season Anton Stralman is averaging 19:32 per game.

Dave Maloney said earlier in the season that Stralman has been one of the Rangers most consistent players and that a lot of what he does goes unnoticed.

Stralman told the Rangers website that he has had a lot of fun this season and he has enjoyed the increased responsibility, especially on the PK.

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5PM: Stralman says that his wrist is better but not good enough to play. (Daily News)

Stralman says that it's not an issue that "hurts" all that much, but it's something that acts up when he goes through game-like motions. (Ranger Rants)

12:40PM Stralman has his wrist taped up and x-rays were negative. (Pat Leonard)

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10:11PM: Stralman says that he feels "okay" but is unsure he will be able to play on Sunday. His injury is still undisclosed. (Steve Zipay)

10PM: The Rangers team doctors don't believe that the injury to Stralman is serious but? things will be reevaluated tomorrow. (Rangers)

8:06PM: Anton Stralman will not return to tonight's game against the Capitals. (John Giannone on MSG)

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According to Larry Brooks in the NY Post, the Rangers have not made any progress in any of the contract situations for Henrik Lundqvist, Ryan Callahan or Dan Girardi.

Brooks says that there is "no progress to speak of" for Lundqvist and "ditto and ditto" for Callahan and Girardi.

He adds that the Rangers can't forget about Anton Stralman who will be a UFA at the end of the season and will likely command $3 million a year as a UFA.

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In 51 games during the 2010-11 season, Anton Stralman averaged over 19 minutes per game for the Blue Jackets and head coach Scott Arniel.

Stralman came to the Rangers the next season and Arniel, now an assistant with the Rangers, said he is very happy to see what Stralman has become.

He called Stralman a bit of a "tweener" during his time prior to the Rangers but he said that he loved watching him the past year or so and see him stepping up and playing in all situations for the Rangers.

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In the regular season, Anton Stralman played in all 48 games for the Rangers and averaged 18:02 per game.

By month, Stralman averaged:

  • January: 7 games, 13:02
  • February: 12 games, 19:27
  • March: 15 games, 17:36
  • April: 14 games, 19:49
Stralman had four goals, three assists and was a plus 14 on the season. He had 75 hits and 42 blocked shots.

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According to the Daily News, Anton Stralman is dealing with some facial fractures and a shoulder issue, likely the result of the hit he took from Milan Lucic in game three of the Bruins/Rangers series.

Katie Strang writes at ESPN NY that Stralman's shoulder issue is a separated shoulder and that is what kept him out of the lineup the past two games.

There is no timetable for recovery for Stralman.

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In the past four games, Anton Stralman 18:54, 10:22, 15:07 and 17:20.

John Tortorella said a few weeks ago that he needed Stralman to step up in the absence of Marc Staal and knows that he can because he has seen it before.

Last week, Tortorella told the?Daily News that Stralman needs to find another level and he needs to do it now.

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On the season, Anton Stralman, the only Rangers defenseman to play in all 30 games, is averaging 17:34 per game with three goals, two assists and a plus 1 rating.

In the first five games after Marc Staal was injured, Stralman played 18:30 and 21:45.

In the last four games though, Stralman has played 13:38, 16:24, 15:19 and 16:16.

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Last week, while Dan Girardi was out of the Rangers line up, Anton Stralman stepped in and played a big role with Ryan McDonagh.

With Girardi back in the lineup last night, Stralman was shuffled around, first to the third pair with Matt Gilroy and then some time with McDonagh.

Prior to the game against the Devils last week, Stralman a season high 16:04 against Pittsburgh in the Rangers 3-0 but was mostly playing between 9:15 and 13 minutes a night.

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https://twitter.com/StanFischler/status/231400476942426112

Stralman signed a two-year deal last week worth $3.4 million.

In 53 games for the Rangers last season Stralman averaged 17 minutes a night to go with 76 hits and 71 blocked shots.

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6:45PM: Kevin Allen writes at USA Today that the deal is two years and $3.4 million.

4:56PM: Tim Wharnsby reports that Anton Stralman has signed a two-year deal with the Rangers and has avoided his arbitration hearing.

Stralman had an arbitration hearing set for July 30th.

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Stralman's arbitration hearing is set for July 31 according to a release from the NHL PA

Original Post: July 5th, 7:18PM: According to Elliotte Friedman, Anton Stralman is one of 16 players who has filed for salary arbitration.

The Rangers and Stralman can agree to a contract before his arbitration hearing.

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3:21PM: Gross notes that the Rangers DID qualify Stralman, as the report last week suggested.

2:57PM: According to Andrew Gross, the Rangers did not send Anton Stralman a qualifying offer, thus losing his rights and making him a UFA.

This contradicts a report last week that claimed the Rangers had sent Stralman a qualifying offer.

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Anton Stralman has two goals and an assist, along with two power play points so far in the Rangers series against Ottawa.

Stralman is averaging over 16:30 per game in the playoffs, has three hits and eight blocked shots.

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Anton Stralman has two points in his last three games and has played between 15-20

John Tortorella told the Daily News that Stralman reached down and found a few more speeds to play at:

?He?s played better. He?s I think early on, he had one gear, and I think he?s found a couple other gears, both offensively and defensively. He?s played quicker, he?s defended harder, his whole game has gotten to another gear, and for a while he was stuck in just one gear. We?ve asked him to try and get to another and he has, in all aspects of his game.?
Stralman is averaging 18 minutes a game and is expected to see more time on the PP.

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Joe on the pregame show Last week on the pre-game show, Joe Micheletti was talking about the kind of player that Anton Stralman has become since joining the Rangers:

"He suddenly has become a really important player on this team who has played important minutes. His game tends to get better as the game goes along. He isn't naturally a physical player, but over the course of the game he knows he needs to play with a little bit of bite to his game. It doesn't come naturally but he has gotten better at it."
Stralman scored his first goal as a Ranger last night and was awarded the Broadway Hat.

On 24/7 last night, John Tortorella said of Stralman, "I've watched you raise your level but I not going to sit on the bench and crawl up your ass and have Sully try to motivate you to play hard every night. You gotta do it yourself for the group, not for us, but for the group. We need you now, right from the get-go. You put yourself in that spot and now you gotta accept the responsibility."

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In the last three games, Anton Stralman has three points and is a plus four while playing on a defense pair with Michael Del Zotto.

In his post game press conference last night, John Tortorella told the Daily News, that Stralman is coming along in his game:

"I think as the minutes have gone his way and he?s understood how hard we want him to play as far as defending ? because he does have offense, he can make a play ? but we wanted him to be stiffer defensively and he?s certainly done that for us, protects pucks. Because I didn?t know who the hell he was when we got him, and when I first saw him I didn?t like him, but he?s certainly - as the minutes got on - he?s certainly answered and raised his level.?
More on the defense at NHL.com.

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The Rangers tweet that John Tortorella doesn't know what lineup he will use tomorrow but said that he knows the power play is one of Anton Stralman's strengths and he wanted to see how him practice with the PP units.

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I wonder, as someone in the comments mentioned a few days ago, if Torts would consider going with seven defensemen and 11 forwards. Stralman seems like a defensive liability, but could help the PP a la Marc-Andre Bergeron on Tampa. Andre Deveaux could be scratched and Marian Gaborik could get double shifted to take his three minutes a night.

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Michael: Now that the winning streak is over and the pp continues to struggle, do you think that Anton Stralman finally gets a chance this week?

Adam: I don't think that the winning streak had anything to do with Stralman not playing, I think it had more to do with him needing to be in better shape and being taught the system.

This week could be possible for Stralman with three games and two more days of practice this week, but he won't play until John Tortorella is comfortable with playing him. I would be surprised if Stralman didn't play by the December 1 game against Carolina.

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While meeting with the media after practice today, John Tortorella told Andrew Gross at Ranger Rants that newly signed defenseman Anton Stralman still needed work before getting into a game.

?I watch him practice. I still think there?s work to do there. I still think we have a number of things to accomplish with him.?
Stralman has had five practices with the Rangers so far. He signed on November 5th. He said that he is here to help the Rangers power play.

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Update: 7:22AM: Larry Brooks writes in the NY Post that if Stralman agrees, he could be sent to Connecticut for a conditioning assignment to play a few games.

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