Kevin Allen of USA Today reports the Stralman deal is for two years and $3.4 million.
- That contract is a bargain for this reason: look at the other contracts given out to other "offensive" defenseman i.e. Dennis Wideman, Sheldon Souray this summer. No, Stralman won't be putting up 45 points next season. But 25-30 points isn't out of the question. And at a $1.7 million cap hit, that's a reasonable bang for your buck. It's a solid signing. Next up: Michael Del Zotto.
UPDATE 5:05 PM:
According to Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports, Anton Stralman and the Rangers have come to terms on a two-year deal, avoiding their July 31 arbitration date. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
Chip Alexander of the News & Observer, along with several other outlets, are reporting that former Capital and free-agent winger Alex Semin has signed a one-year, $7 million deal with the Carolina Hurricanes.
"I talked with him today and he's very excited about the opportunity," general manager Jim Rutherford said. "I'd like to think it will be a good fit for both sides and will end up being a long-term thing."
- It's a good deal for both sides. Semin gets a chance to re-establish himself as one of the NHL's best snipers and look towards a long-term deal next summer. The Canes add a top-six winger at a very low risk (one year). Caps/Canes games will be intruging to watch next season.
Meanwhile in Ranger land, prospect goalie Cam Talbot has signed a one-year, $550k contract with the Rangers according to CapGeek. Talbot, 25, finished last season with the Connecticut Whale 14-15-1 with a 2.61 GAA and .913 sv %.
- Have to be honest, I figured Talbot would look elsewhere. The chance of him moving up with the Rangers is very bleak. Another year in Connecticut for Cameron it is.
Carl Hagelin, obviously feeling loose and limber, decided to lace 'em up today and begin prepping for next season. The results weren't kind to the young Swede.
Just finished skating for the first time since the season ended and I had a rough go...— Carl Hagelin (@CarlHagelin) July 26, 2012
- I find it hard to believe the 2012 fastest skater at the NHL All-Star Skills Competition had a bad day of skating. He's losing his touch, folks. Should've been in the trade for Nash (I kid, of course).
For all those Sidney Crosby haters out there, I stumbled on this article:
Claude Giroux confirmed in an interview that he fractured one, and required follow up surgery on both of his wrists, after he took face-offs against Crosby in the playoffs, where Sid would hack him across the wrists instead of going for the puck.
Here's a photo of him in the off-season all bandaged up:
I would have been okay giving Semin that 1 yr deal. Thoughts? If he doesn't fit the system like most people don't think he does, then he's gone after the year. I think I would rather have Semin for 1 yr then overpay Doan for 4 years.
FWIW Dave Maloney on Sauer(shoes):
"Michael Sauer is making tremendous progress. He is feeling better. There is a lot of hope Michael Sauer can be the Michael Sauer of two years ago."
Off subject: so I'm sitting in the basement watching tv trying to stay out of the visiting inlaws way and on a Flyers playoff rerun, Bill Clement says that Jordan Staal is over the best forward the Pens have...really? I hate everything about Philly.
interesting to see what the D pairs will be, considering our "3rd pair" of Stralman and Bickel are both R shots, while Stall and MDZ are both L shots. Gotta assume McD and Danny stay together, but its Torts so who knows
Good signing, so long as its not too much $$. Seemed like he got more comfortable with the system/Torts as the year went on, and showed some positive signs in the playoffs as well.
'Canes are going for it, apparently. The have the goaltending for sure. mucho skill. Staal brothers. They are going to be a tough out.
@_Jack Fanstastic! That would solve the bickle problem
@_Jack -- I'm not familiar with the writer or the site, and obviously they give no indication that he would be ready for camp or for the beginning of the season, but I'll take the hope! It would be a big help to get back a healthy Sauer.
whatever ur drinking, have another. and UPS me one poste haste
really, with the F situation, the D is the ?. McD, Girardi, Staal, Stralman. for me, that's the top 4. MDZ is, at best, the PP specialist; which isnt saying much. If anything, come trade deadline, that the move they make - for a big D
@cb1 Ideally, Bickel is your 7th D man. NY will add another D to the fold once MDZ gets locked up.
@cb1 Imagine what he could do with a full training camp, a whole year to understand the system and playing on the 3rd pair?
@AnnoyingJoe I think they're going to surprise a lot of people next season.
@TheWrage @cb1 -- it's the right side that's weaker, in part because Sauer is out, he's a right side defender. On the left we have McDonagh, Staal, and Del Zotto. On the right it's Girardi, Stralman, Bickel... not quite balanced. We want to see an improvement from Staal, Stralman, Del Zotto, and Bickel in particular. It would be great if Sauer could come back.