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.
Tortorella said "I like him because he has stepped up when we’ve kicked him. There’s no sense in kicking him now. He knows what’s happening."
He added that Stralman knows "how dearly we need him and Roman Hamrlik to play better. He’s a quality guy and hopefully he’ll remedy it, but it’s certainly not through lack of trying. It’s just he hasn’t been able to get to that next level, and he needs to.”