As per New York Rangers beat writer Jim Cerny through his Twitter account, the club has officially signed Anton Stralman.
Speculation over. The Rangers have a new defenseman.
According to New York Rangers beat writer Andrew Gross, the reported one-year deal, broken by many sources yesterday and today as a done deal, for D Anton Stralman has not been made official and will not be finalized today. The news came via Gross’ Twitter account earlier:
Anton Stralman contract with Rangers not expected to be finalized/announced today.
Gross wasn’t the first to report Stralman to the Rangers wasn’t 100% completed. ESPN writer Katie Strang also informed her Twitter followers that Stralman’s deal wasn’t official:
One important distinction re: Stralman. He has agreed to terms, not officially signed yet. Still in Sweden, I’m told
The delay of the signing could be attributed to the Rangers trying to get as close to the cap as possible before moving Marc Staal to LTIR as reported by Larry Brooks today.
Moving Staal to LTIR would give the club $3.975 million in cap relief. One move suggested to get closer to the cap, with Wojtek Wolski’s groin injury flaring up again during last night’s game with the Ducks, would be to recall Mats Zuccarello from the AHL.