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10-30-2011, 04:22 AM
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He is supposed to sign in the near future, according to a "source" to Aftonbladet.

http://mobil.aftonbladet.se/sportbla...cle13859294.ab
Yeah, and this is coming from Per Bjurman, who's covering NHL and lives in New York. He watches a whole lot of games at the Garden and he's got good connections so I would safely assume that Strålman will be signed "soon".

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10-30-2011, 06:55 AM
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Yeah, and this is coming from Per Bjurman, who's covering NHL and lives in New York. He watches a whole lot of games at the Garden and he's got good connections so I would safely assume that Strålman will be signed "soon".
Yeah, unless a better option occur. I am sure Slats is working the phones.

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10-30-2011, 08:28 AM
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The Rangers last night were waiting to learn whether free-agent defenseman Anton Stralman would accept the team's contract offer. Stralman, who did not receive a contract offer from the Devils after going through training camp with the club, has been in Sweden the last two weeks, so he would not be immediately available even if he signs.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/range...#ixzz1cGqqRmgH

Stralman is probably the Rangers best option. The trade market for a top 4 D is non-existent. Even getting a stop gap guy in a trade is tough. Salary. Contract. The Rangers can't add significant dollars without shedding significant dollars. Even if they could the dollars this season,the term of the contract is an issue with the CBA expiring. Bettman is going to offer a 50-50 revenue split to the PA. Cap is going down in the new CBA.

The Rangers are doomed without Staal.

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10-30-2011, 03:00 PM
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Defense?

Is there is a move on defense coming with erixon being sent down to the whale? Thoughts? maybe stralman decided to sign?

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Why wouldn't he sign? Doubt he'd be offered much more than what we'd give him, even in Europe.

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10-30-2011, 05:18 PM
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What about McCabe? He must come at a real cheap price now (under the Souray contract - who btw has been excellent so far in Dallas - I wanted him signed for cheap & read my previous posts in July here - not that it matters...). Souray signed for $1.65M. I expect McCabe to be around $1,3M at this point, better option than Strålman imo... buck for production/experience wise imo...

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10-30-2011, 08:36 PM
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What about McCabe? He must come at a real cheap price now (under the Souray contract - who btw has been excellent so far in Dallas - I wanted him signed for cheap & read my previous posts in July here - not that it matters...). Souray signed for $1.65M. I expect McCabe to be around $1,3M at this point, better option than Strålman imo... buck for production/experience wise imo...
too old and much rather have a younger player on defense..

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10-30-2011, 09:36 PM
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Isn't Anton Stralman another d-man that will be chewed up and spit out by J. Torts? Christian Backman part 2?

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10-30-2011, 09:43 PM
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I thought we agreed we would never speak of Christian Backman, Sandis Ozolinsh, Marek Malik (unless referring to "The Goal"), Wade Redden, Matt Gilroy, Tom Poti, or Aaron Ward ever again?

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10-30-2011, 09:47 PM
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too old and much rather have a younger player on defense..
We had a younger player on defense in Erixon. He couldnt handle NHL minutes, so how is that helpful?

Not saying McCabe is the solution, but this is the wrong way to look at the situation. You need a guy that can play minutes at this level right now.

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10-30-2011, 09:52 PM
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Should have just signed paul mara.

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10-30-2011, 10:06 PM
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Wasn't a big fan of McCabe last season, but id take him over Woywitka and Eminger at this point. At least he can shoot the puck.

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Wasn't a big fan of McCabe last season, but id take him over Woywitka and Eminger at this point. At least he can shoot the puck.
Completely agree. I'd rather have McCabe than Woywitka assuming the price is the same

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Yeah.

And honestly, id rather McCabe then Stralman, too.

Let Woywitka and Eminger rotate as #7.

McDonagh. Girardi
Del Zotto. Sauer
McCabe. Eminger
Woywitka

Worth a look.

Doesn't work out, cut him.

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10-31-2011, 03:56 AM
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He could be on a plane to NY to sign the papers any time now...

...but I am not sold on it. Strålman is a special kid (very stubborn) for good and for bad. I wouldn't be suprised if we soon received news that Strålman had had it with the NHL and is going KHL/SEL. I personally think thats stupid, you go the NHL route untill you have nothing else. Strålman still has offers and would be guaranteed a chance to play.

As regards all concerns (Bäckman II). First of all, he is much more Gilroy II if anything. But anyway, I think all concerns raised are legit. I still wouldn't mind the signing, for the following reasons:

-Strålman is good at moving the puck and has a good first pass. We all know that we need that, or that we atleast just have enough of D's who pretty much suck in that era (JW and co).

-Strålmans career has been a mess so far. With that said, he has played for Toronto and Columbus durnig times when they were bottom 3-5 franchises. Its just not good to develop young D's in that environment.

Facts are that for a D, 95% of the game is about doing the small plays shift after shift after shift. I mean, a forward can make like 5-10 half bonehead plays in the attacking zone in a game, but if he makes 2 awesome plays -- people can come away impressed from a game. For a D, nobody remembers 5 great plays if he fails the clear the puck 3 times in a game. Thats how it should be. But my point is that a D really really really needs to be able to put it all together, or it won't work.

Strålman is NOT a hopeless project like a Enver Lisin. I think he is much more like a Lauri Korpikoski if you get what I mean, but due to the fact that he has not been able to put it all together, while being really exposed only playing for bottom 3-5 teams basically all of his career, it might sound like he is more of a mess than he is.

-We risk nothing, and get a back up for MDZ and Erixon. I especially think Erixon needs time. I think he is very poised in many sitautions, but as soon as he gets out of position you can see that he still is very young. He needs to add weight and become a better skater to be perfectly honest.

And what happends if MDZ gets nailed against SJ and misses a couple of months? Who is than going to be our NR 1 offenive D? Lol, we are extremely thin as it is.

-We risk nothing.

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10-31-2011, 10:46 AM
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He could be on a plane to NY to sign the papers any time now...

...but I am not sold on it. Strålman is a special kid (very stubborn) for good and for bad. I wouldn't be suprised if we soon received news that Strålman had had it with the NHL and is going KHL/SEL. I personally think thats stupid, you go the NHL route untill you have nothing else. Strålman still has offers and would be guaranteed a chance to play.

As regards all concerns (Bäckman II). First of all, he is much more Gilroy II if anything. But anyway, I think all concerns raised are legit. I still wouldn't mind the signing, for the following reasons:

-Strålman is good at moving the puck and has a good first pass. We all know that we need that, or that we atleast just have enough of D's who pretty much suck in that era (JW and co).

-Strålmans career has been a mess so far. With that said, he has played for Toronto and Columbus durnig times when they were bottom 3-5 franchises. Its just not good to develop young D's in that environment.

Facts are that for a D, 95% of the game is about doing the small plays shift after shift after shift. I mean, a forward can make like 5-10 half bonehead plays in the attacking zone in a game, but if he makes 2 awesome plays -- people can come away impressed from a game. For a D, nobody remembers 5 great plays if he fails the clear the puck 3 times in a game. Thats how it should be. But my point is that a D really really really needs to be able to put it all together, or it won't work.

Strålman is NOT a hopeless project like a Enver Lisin. I think he is much more like a Lauri Korpikoski if you get what I mean, but due to the fact that he has not been able to put it all together, while being really exposed only playing for bottom 3-5 teams basically all of his career, it might sound like he is more of a mess than he is.

-We risk nothing, and get a back up for MDZ and Erixon. I especially think Erixon needs time. I think he is very poised in many sitautions, but as soon as he gets out of position you can see that he still is very young. He needs to add weight and become a better skater to be perfectly honest.

And what happends if MDZ gets nailed against SJ and misses a couple of months? Who is than going to be our NR 1 offenive D? Lol, we are extremely thin as it is.

-We risk nothing.
Add to that that he played quite well for Columbus before his sinus problems started, which really hampered him. Strålman, IMO, has loads of talent and always performed well with the National Team. He has potential for sure, and as you say, there is no risk for the Rangers in signing him. I hope this is true.

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dreger reporting 1 year 1 way contract offer still on table. Like this offer. Move woywitka to whale

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I'm for it. They need another guy who can move the puck up the ice back there.

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I thought we agreed we would never speak of Christian Backman, Sandis Ozolinsh, Marek Malik (unless referring to "The Goal"), Wade Redden, Matt Gilroy, Tom Poti, or Aaron Ward ever again?
Marek Malik is far too maligned. He was a competent defensive partner for Rosival for a couple of years before falling off the map.

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I thought we agreed we would never speak of Christian Backman, Sandis Ozolinsh, Marek Malik (unless referring to "The Goal"), Wade Redden, Matt Gilroy, Tom Poti, or Aaron Ward ever again?
You forgot Rod Seiling, Gilles Marotte, Barry Beck, Mark Tinordi and Eric Cairns

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I wonder what the holdup is with Stralman. Does he want more money?

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I wonder what the holdup is with Stralman. Does he want more money?
The longer he holds out, the less he has to work for the same contract.

Screw him. We've got Woywitka.

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I wonder what the holdup is with Stralman. Does he want more money?
Yeah I was wondering the same thing. The longer he waits, the harder it will be for him play any games. Maybe he feels he would be a #7 right now and fears being sent down to the AHL once Staal comes back or at mid-season when the Rangers may want to bring up someone like Valentenko, Erixon, etc.

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The longer he holds out, the less he has to work for the same contract.

Screw him. We've got Woywitka.
he must be trying to get more money which is dumb. Take the one way NHL contract dummy.....Woywitka is a spare till Staal gets back

Can Eminger and Stralman both righties work on the 3rd pair?

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The longer he holds out, the less he has to work for the same contract.

Screw him. We've got Woywitka.
contract would be pro-rated and he'd only get paid for the % of the year he is playing. if we are offering him $1 mil right now, 2 months from now he isn't gonna still get $1 mil for 2 months less of playing time

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