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Scott Burnside of ESPN hedl an online chat today... Realistic expectations for my Bolts this year? How far can they go, will Stamkos get 60 goals, is Drouin as good as they say, will Bishop have another great season, and finally how about some love for the most underrated Dman my man Victor Hedman. Thanks Scotty muah!!! Scott Burnside  No question the Lightning are the...
Via Kukla's Korner
18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Marc Staal is not the defenseman Rangers fans think he is

At first glance, Marc Staal looks like he had a pretty solid season last year. Staal and his defensive partner Anton Stralman created a formidable second pair that played a key role in the Rangers march to the Stanley Cup Final. Staal posted a CF% relative to his teammates during 5 on 5 of 3.29%, continue reading...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

Pavel Kubina On The Tampa Bay Lightning

from Katie Strang of ESPN, The Lightning should have a healthy Steven Stamkos and goaltender Ben Bishop, something that was not the case in the 2013-14 Stanley Cup playoffs. Add some splashy offseason acquisitions -- defensemen Anton Stralman and Jason Garrison, and forward Brian Boyle -- and highly touted prospect Jonathan Drouin, and this could be the sleeper team of the...
Via Kukla's Korner
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Arrests In Boogaard Death; Stralman Is Pissed; No Traverse TV Coverage; Stepan Hurts Foot

More than three years after Derek Boogaard died from a drug overdose, Jordan Hart, the son of former New York Islanders player Gary Hart, and Oscar Johnson, a physician’s assistant in Utah, were arrested in connection to the tragedy (via Fox5)… “An indictment claims that Hart was supplying Boogaard, a former Rangers’ enforcer, with the prescription painkillers that killed...
Via NY Rangers Blog
9 days ago  |  Discuss

The Rangers decision not to re-sign Stralman brings their success into question

Anton Stralman isn’t happy with the Rangers and he has good reason to be. In a recent interview with Hockey Sverige, the formers Rangers defenseman had the following to say regarding his (lack of) contract negotiations with the team: I wanted to be there and it seemed that the Rangers wanted to keep me well. I continue reading...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Anton Stralman And Victor Hedman A Possible Pairing In Tampa

from Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, However, when Stralman joined Hedman, 23, last week for the team's informal skates at the Ice Forum, he said they had quick-developing chemistry. "It's almost like that when you meet a fellow Swede, it's like you've known each other forever," Stralman said. "It's just natural." How the two...
Via Kukla's Korner
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers save their best for last by signing Hayes

By most reasonable counts, the Rangers front office had a pretty crappy summer in free agency. They lost defensive stalwart and ‘possession god’ Anton Stralman to the Tampa Bay Lightning and replaced him with 38 year old Dan Boyle, who can’t come anywhere close to replacing Stralman’s even strength minutes. Even though the Rangers were continue reading...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Rangers banking on Dan Boyle

When the Rangers signed Dan Boyle to a two-year deal worth $9 million, they were signing someone to fill a pair of holes. The first hole to fill was that of the now departed Anton Stralman on the second pair, and the second was to fill Brad Richards’ role on the powerplay. It’s a gamble to […] The post Rangers banking on Dan Boyle appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
Via Blue Seat Blogs
25 days ago  |  Discuss

Brian Leetch On The New York Rangers

from Katie Strang of ESPN, The Rangers’ sturdy back end was a huge component in their playoff success last spring, when they made a run to the Stanley Cup finals against the Los Angeles Kings. Anton Stralman signed with Tampa Bay in free agency, but Leetch would like to see much of that defensive corps remain intact. Priority No. 1, of course, is signing Staal to a new...
Via Kukla's Korner
28 days ago  |  Discuss

Shut out in free-agency, Detroit still seeks balance

A few days after their season ended, the Red Wings talked about the need of securing a right-handed shooting defenseman. The Red Wings played the majority of last season with all left-handed shots. In a perfect world, coach Mike Babcock likes one of each on his three pairings, creating balance and theoretically making for better passing and overall cleaner puck movement. There...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Way Too Early to Worry About Next Season

In the eyes of much of the mainstream NHL media, the New York Rangers have not had a good summer. They bemoan the losses of Brad Richards, Benoit Pouliot, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle while suggesting the club didn’t adequately replace those losses in free agency. Many pundits also point out that some of the […]
Via Ranger Nation
July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Sign Steady Stempniak

The New York Rangers surprised many by qualifying for the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals and did so based in large part on the strength of their club’s depth. Salary cap constraints have conspired to rob the team of some of that depth with Benoit Pouliot, Brad Richards, Anton Stralman and Brian Boyle all departing as […]
Via Ranger Nation
July 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Rangers Face a Busy Summer after Deep Postseason Run

It has been a busy summer for the New York Rangers. Center Brad Richards has been bought out of a contract that paid him $9 million this past season, while forwards Benoit Pouliot,  Brian Boyle, and defenseman Anton Stralman, all key parts of the Rangers’ remarkable run to the Stanley Cup Finals, have departed the Big Apple through unrestricted free agency.With the dust settled...
Via Hockey Fan Land
July 18, 2014  |  Discuss

NHL Offseason Winners: The Tampa Bay Lightning

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Thus far I have highlighted the Dallas Stars as my biggest winners during this NHL offseason – but the Stars still find themselves tough against in-division rivals from the Central Division and other clubs from the Western Conference. The narrative, on the other hand, is quite different for those teams closer to the Atlantic. The Eastern Conference...
Via The Sideline
July 16, 2014  |  Discuss

Tampa Bay Lighting Loading Up For Next Season

#84673845 / The Tampa Bay Lighting were able to call their 2013-3014 season a success even though they were swept in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals but the Montreal Canadiens. In hopes of replicating their season but this time with a better ending, the Lighting have gone out and made some key signings in free agency. There’s no denying the level of talent...
Via Beyond The Benches
July 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Stralman says Lightning "close to complete"

New Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman is a huge heavy metal music fan, and can string a few tunes himself. Stralman, 27, said when he and his wife Johanna moved in together in 2005, he had to give up video games, so he decided to buy a guitar for his 19th birthday. He’s no Slash, but can play Guns N Roses “Patience” pretty well. “I wish I was good, like to think I’m...
Via Pro Sports Daily
July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

What The New Rangers Bring

Since July 1st, where the Rangers did not make a big splash and instead brought in what they felt were outside needs that filled gaps, there has been a suspicion whether they have gotten better or worse. Out went Brian Boyle, Derek Pouliot, Anton Stralman, and Derek Dorsett and all of a sudden this team is missing some key players from last seasons Stanley Cup run.  The new...
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July 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Anton Stralman Likes His New Team

from Joe Smith of Lightning Strikes, While Stralman doesn't know the bay area very well, he knows the team is joining. "This team really excites me," Stralman said. "I think this team is very promising. It's been real interesting the last few years and obviously Steve Yzerman has done a tremendous job. When you're making your choice, you want to...
Via Kukla's Korner
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

The Current Rangers Look For Next Season

As we approach mid-July and NHL Free Agency has slowed down, most of the serviceable players have been signed by their new (or current) teams. Therefore, we take a look at what the Rangers could possibly look like heading into next season, assuming they resign Derick Brassard, Mats Zuccarello,  Chris Kreider, and John Moore with their remaining $14 million in cap space. Here is...
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July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Anton Stralman eager to place trust in Lightning's direction

TAMPA, Fla. -- Anton Stralman stood in a small room at Tampa Bay Times Forum, wearing new professional colors as a sign of his trust. The veteran defenseman agreed to a five-year, $22.5 million deal with the Tampa Bay Lightning last Tuesday, and the sight never would be possible without faith in his new franchise's possible rise. Stralman, who spent the past three seasons with...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nine questions for Lightning coach Jon Cooper

A finalist for NHL Coach of the Year and catalyst of Tampa Bay's surprising 101-point season and its return to the Stanley Cup playoffs for the first time since 2011, Jon Cooper spent the outset of steamy July at the club's development camp in Brandon while also ensconced in planning meetings with general manager Steve Yzerman and the Lightning staff. Hot fun in the summertime...
Via Fox Sports Florida
July 05, 2014  |  Discuss

My kingdom for a center

When the music stopped on the NHL’s annual game of July 1 musical chairs, the Rangers were clearly left standing. Not only had they lost Brian Boyle, Benoit Pouliot, Anton Stralman and Brad Richards, but they were also left with minimal cap space and a much smaller group of incoming players. The kicker to all […] The post My kingdom for a center appeared first on Blue Seat Blogs.
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July 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Under Review – Bolts Sunday Night Frenzy Reaps Free Agency Day Benefits

#461381899 / Allan Brown Tampa Bay Lightning Writer If NHL free agency day is like Christmas for hockey fans, then Christmas Eve came a day early for followers of the Tampa Bay Lightning. What started out as just an average – albeit typically hot – Tampa Bay Sunday summer night turned into a three-hour rollercoaster ride that saw three veteran Lightning players...
Via TopSportsReport
July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Callahan Helped Bring Boyle & Stralman to Tampa

After being traded to the Lightning, Ryan Callahan provided veteran leadership and his patented hard-nosed style to a Tampa team in need of both. Apparently, Callahan has also become a valuable scout as he offered useful information on Brian Boyle and Anton Stralman that GM Steve Yzerman used before deciding to sign both former Ranger players (TBO)… “We got (Callahan’s) thoughts...
Via NY Rangers Blog
July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

A few thoughts about the Rangers, free agency, and Joe McGrath

There is no sugar coating this, day one of free agency for the Rangers was a total disaster. My worst case scenario happened; Dan Boyle replaced Anton Stralman, JT Miller appears likely to be the third line center going into training camp, and Benoit Pouliot got all the money. Okay, what actually happened was worse than my ‘worst’ case scenario. Because in addition to everything...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss
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