Jun 4, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New York Rangers defenseman Anton Stralman (6) handles the puck during game one of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final against the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Anton Stralman signs 5-year deal with Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning signed free agent defenseman Anton Stralman, 27, to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million, according to ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun.

After talks with the New York Rangers broke down it was inevitable that the Rangers would lose the Swedish blue-liner considering the glut of free agents on the team that lost to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup final and the limited amount of room with which to work with in the salary cap.

Stralman scored one goal and had 12 assists to go with 26 penalty minutes in 81 regular season games in his final season in New York and added five assists and four penalty minutes in 25 playoff games.

He had 38 points in his three seasons with the Rangers, so you can understand the Rangers not wanting to pay north of $4 million for a defenseman with those type of statistics, especially when they have little in the way of cap space.

The Rangers did sign veteran defenseman Dan Boyle to a two-year deal worth $9 million in a move that is both shorter and far more cost-prohibitive than the deal eventually signed by Stralman. The Rangers also lost winger Benoit Pouliot to the Oilers after he signed for $20 million over five years.

Losing Stralman is a tolerable loss for the Blue Shirts when you look at how much the Lightning overpaid for the Swedish defenseman who has never lived up to his potential in the Big Apple.

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