The Rangers and Anton Stralman avoided arbitration on Thursday when the soon-to-be 26 year-old defenseman agreed to terms on a new contract, details of which were not disclosed.
Stralman, a five-year NHL veteran, spent his first season on Broadway in 2011-12, helping the Rangers to first place in the Eastern Conference and to within two wins of the Stanley Cup Finals. Stralman appeared in 53 regular season games and recorded two goals, 16 assists, and 18 points. Those 18 points equaled the second-highest season total in his career, trailing only his 34-point output with the Columbus Blue Jackets during the 2009-10 campaign. He also posted a career-high +9 plus/minus rating and blocked a career-best 71 shots this past season.
During the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs Stralman scored three goals and totaled six points while playing in all 20 games for the Blueshirts. He scored power play goals in Game 2 and Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Ottawa, then added a goal in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against Washington.
In 265 career regular season games with Toronto, Columbus and the Rangers, Stralman has recorded 92 points on 13-79-92 scoring.