The Tampa Bay Lightning have made their first splash in free agency, signing defenseman Anton Stralman to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old Swede played in 81 games for the Rangers in 2013-14, notching one goal and 12 assists with 26 penalty minutes and a plus-9 rating. In the playoffs, he had 5 assists and had a plus-4 rating.
The deal has been confirmed by the team to WDAE's Steve Duemig.
Via Tampa Bay Lightning Communications:
TAMPA BAY –The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Anton Stralman (STROHL-muhn, AN-tawn) to a five-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announce.
Stralman, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, spent the previous three seasons with the New York Rangers. Last season he recorded a goal and 13 points with a plus-9 in 81 games in New York. Stralman averaged 19:24 in ice time per game in 2013-14 which ranked fourth on the team. His 12 assists and 104 shots on goal were third among all Ranger defensemen. Stralman helped New York to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, playing in 25 postseason contests. He recorded five assists and averaged 21:03 in ice time per game, while his plus-4 rating was second among Ranger blue-liners.
A native of Tibro, Sweden, Stralman has played in 394 career NHL games with the Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs. During his seven-year NHL career he has accumulated 18 goals and 112 points with 159 penalty minutes. He is a combined plus-32 in the previous three seasons in New York. Stralman has played in 55 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Rangers in the previous three seasons, recording three goals and 11 points.
Stralman was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the 7th round, 216th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.