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.
Stralman is a right handed defenseman and 75% of readers wanted to bring him back.
He had two goals and 16 assists during the regular season and three goals and three assists in the playoffs.
In 2009-10 with Columbus, Stralman had 28 points, 13 of which involved Rick Nash.
6 of his 18 points in 2010-11 involved Nash. He averaged about 17 minutes during the regular season and playoffs.
In 53 regular season games he blocked 71 shots and had 76 hits. In 20 playoff games he had 23 hits and 25 blocked shots.
He turns 26 next week. During the regular season Stralman played the bulk of his minutes of Michael Del Zotto and in the playoffs he played the bulk of his minutes with Marc Staal.
NEW YORK, July 26, 2012 – New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has agreed to terms with defenseman Anton Stralman on a new contract.
Stralman, 25, skated in 53 games with the Rangers last season, registering two goals and 16 assists for 18 points, along with 20 penalty minutes and a plus-nine rating. He established career-highs in plus/minus rating, hits (76), and blocked shots (71). Stralman made his Rangers debut on November 23 at Florida after signing with the club as a free agent on November 5. He tallied his first point as a Blueshirt with a power play assist on the game-winning goal on December 11 against Florida, and notched his first goal as a Ranger on January 5 against Florida.
In the post-season, Stralman recorded three goals and three assists in 20 games. He tied for the team lead in power play goals (two), tied for second on the Rangers in power play points (four) and fifth in goals (three). He also tied for first among NHL defensemen in power play goals, second in power play points, third in goals, and eighth in points. Stralman made his NHL playoff debut on April 12 against Ottawa in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
The 5-11, 193-pounder has skated in 265 career NHL contests over five seasons with the Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets, registering 13 goals and 79 assists for 92 points, along with 117 penalty minutes.
In 2009-10, Stralman established career-highs in games played (73), goals (six), assists (28), points (34), penalty minutes (37), power play goals (four), power play assists (18), power play points (22), and shots on goal (121) as a member of the Blue Jackets. He led Columbus defensemen in points, assists, power play goals, power play assists, and power play points, and tied for second among team defensemen in goals that season. He also led all Columbus skaters in power play assists, tied for second in power play points and fifth in power play goals.
Stralman made his NHL debut on October 23, 2007, against Atlanta as a member of the Maple Leafs. He recorded three goals and six assists in 50 games as a rookie in 2007-08. Stralman registered his first career NHL point with an assist on January 10, 2008, at Los Angeles, and notched his first career NHL goal on March 21, 2008, at Buffalo.
The Tibro, Sweden native was originally selected by Toronto as a seventh round choice, 216th overall, in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.