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.
Stralman said after he signed with Tampa that it's tough to leave the Rangers but he and his agents gave the team "every chance to make a new bid." He adds that he is disappointed that there wasn't "any real negotiations with them" and that the whole process was disappointing. (Expressen)
Stralman said that there was only silence from the Rangers. (Expressen)
Adam Rotter: This is only guessing on my part, but I think the feeling was that the Rangers wanted to keep Anton Stralman and then when the free agency talking window opened they got wind of what other teams were thinking of offering AND at the same time became aware that if they made a competitive offer they would likely sign Dan Boyle.
Stralman was really good and important for the Rangers but once it became apparent that Boyle wanted to join the Rangers, adding his offense, experience and ability to run a PP became the Rangers top priority.