Left defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was just recently bought out by the Buffalo SabresThe New York Rangers have a few decisions to make this summer. Namely Unrestricted Free Agent Anton Stralman and his high contract stance. Let’s face it, its’ inevitable the New York Rangers are going to have a rookie or three on their roster next season. Ideally as a team you’d like to graduate one or two every season to keep the salary down and keep youth in the lineup. Right now I’m sure a lot of the daily operations have to do with the Entry Draft. There is of course a list of Unrestricted Free Agents Glen Sather and company might want to keep.
Right handed defenseman are coveted in the National Hockey League. In fact two/thirds of NHL defenseman are left-handed shots. Anton Stralman had the twenty-eighth best on ice Corsi in the entire league. If Marc Staal is looking for his big UFA contract. Why not trade the lefty Marc Staal and resign the righty Anton Stralman? They will get a pretty good return on Marc Staal. It may help to trade Marc Staal to a team with a deep prospect pool and clear his four million dollar cap hit off the books. New York could then sign Christian Ehrhoff in his place for the same or maybe less than what Staal was getting. Left defenseman Christian Ehrhoff was recently bought out by the Buffalo Sabres, making him a UFA getting paid by Buffalo to play elsewhere.
Is Anton Stralman deserving of a contract worth five million!He’s a top four right handed defenseman. There’s not too many of those floating around in free agency. Especially defenseman with Corsi For percentage at 56.5%, eighth best among defenseman in the entire NHL. NHL Player Dashboard Stats | Extra Skater. In comparison Ryan McDonagh had an on ice Corsi of 51.1% and Dan Girardi, 49.9% Corsi for percentage. These are good numbers for the top two defenseman with all the minutes they play against the top competition. They both play in all three main situations, power play, penalty kill, and even strength. If the New York Rangers lose Anton Stralman they’ll need to find another right-handed defenseman. They should resign Raphael Diaz but he’s for depth and isn’t able to play top four minutes. Kevin Klein was a great fifth defenseman but faked it for years in Nashville as a top four defenseman.
The NY Rangers have four Restricted Free Agents to re-sign that were important parts of the team that went to the Stanley Cup Finals!
Sources say the upper limit has been set at $69M.
— CapGeek (@capgeek) June 27, 2014