Is Anton Stralman in a Tenuous Spot with Rangers?
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03-10-2014, 02:34 AM
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Maybe the Rangers never made an offer.
McKenzie tweeted Klein was possibly acquired as protection in case of Girardi leaving but Girardi stayed. Do the Rangers like Stralman better than Klein? The 3 years and $9M in one year less than Klein last left on his contract? Stralman hasn't played well since the break. Samuelsson has paired Klein and Stralman with Staal. Sign Stralman and trade Klein?
Has Strålman been playing worse since the break? I don't think so. He's been playing Strålman hockey - pushing the play while making a noticeable mistake here and there.
They have been trying Klein with Staal at times, which is prudent as they need to make a decision on whom to keep (or to keep both). Staal-Klein hasn't been working out well at all though and they were stuck in their own end a lot while Moore-Strålman suddenly managed to spend most of their time in the offensive zone. When the usual pairings play, Moore-Klein are stuck in our end while Staal-Strålman are spending most of their shifts in the offensive zone (despite starting in the defensive zone a lot more than Moore-Klein, weird right?).
The fact is that Strålman has proven to be by far our best defenceman at driving play and maintaining puck possession, and considering that it is the way we are moving forward with this team it would be very stupid to let him go in favor of Torts type of defenceman in Kevin Klein.
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