Are the New York Rangers locked and loaded for another run at the Stanley Cup this season? They took a giant step by locking up key defenseman Anton Stralman.
Stralman took some time to warm up to his new surroundings last season, but really turned it on in the postseason.
Though he had two goals and 16 assists in 53 regular season appearances, he came throuhg with three goals and three assists during the playoffs, guiding the Rangers to a spot in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Stralman began his career in Sweden before beginning his NHL career in Toronto with the Maple Leafs. He spent a few seasons there alternating between the top league and the AHL before moving on to Columbus, where he had two relatively successful years.
He was then brought in by New York at the start of last season and it ended up being a shrewd piece of business.
All in all, the Rangers have been quite busy during the offseason in hopes they can take it one step further and reach the big dance. They brought in Rick Nash in a trade with Columbus and also aded others like Jeff Halpren, Arron Ashman and Taylor Pratt.
Such bold moves have helped New York’s chances in the NHL picks as they now find themselves in the top three behind teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Adding Stralman to a longer contract is certainly a step in the right direction. He had a lot to prove when he came to the Rangers and after a pretty slow start he contributed in a major way.
Will New York make some other moves or are they done when it comes to market activity? The Rangers have already been rather busy so any additional moves would just be icing on the cake.