Originally posted on Blue Seat Blogs  |  Last updated 7/3/12
Although it has been widely reported that Anton Stralman will return to Europe for family reasons, Larry Brooks is reporting that isn’t stopping the Rangers from attempting to keep Stralman on Broadway for a few more seasons: It appears as if restricted free-agent defenseman Anton Stralman, whom the Rangers qualified at $945,000, is leaning toward remaining in the NHL rather than returning home to pursue a career in Sweden…It’s far more plausible the Rangers will attempt to negotiate a multi-year deal with Stralman… Stralman, who is arbitration eligible, is a much needed right-handed defenseman who proved himself capable of playing top-four minutes last season and during the playoffs. If the Rangers are able to retain Stralman’s services, it reduces the need for them to trade assets for a right-handed shot on the blue line and addresses a gaping hole that emerged once Michael Sauer went down with his injury. While all the attention is rightfully on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter, as th...
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