Stralman's been playing for this contract for three seasons.
He deserves a raise but the question is he's going to be loyal and allow the Rangers to match any other teams offers.
They're not re-signing him prior to July 1st. Considering how the Rangers ressurected this guy's career, the least he and his agent can do is give them the courtesy prior to signing a deal with another team.
They Rangers will give him term if another club goes over 4 million.
You're usually only an UFA once in your prime. There is no way Stralman stays for 4M per, especially in NY where the cost of living is higher. He is young, with a young family which he has reiterated is his #1 priority in securing their future. This is his career payday. If a team is willing to give him 5M+ per (and I'm sure there will be) he is gone. We all wish they had to foresight to lock him up earlier. Imagine the boards if he was extended last summer at 4M per, the boards would have revolted, now we are all praying he takes it, which I don't think he will. If he does re-sign for 4M he is one loyal sob, and we shall speak his name!
It's well known that highly sought after UFA's often score contracts well in excess of their actual value. Look at Clowe and Clarkson last year. The Rangers could offer Anton $4 mil + and he'd still turn them down at this point. A couple days from now he can more or less start negotiating with other teams. I'm thinking he and his agent are thinking we might as well see what other teams might offer.
IMO Stralman is not coming back and some of us are just going to have to learn to live with it.