Stralman working on the Lightning’s top power-play unit.
In his first season in Tampa Bay, Stralman averaged 2:28 PP/TOI per game, which was way up from the 0:45 PP/TOI he averaged in three years with New York—the increased playing time resulted in 14 PPP (2G / 12A) after he had just four PPP in the previous three seasons. Stralman is once again working with the first PP-unit to start the 2015-16 season, so it looks like the Lightning plan to use him in the same way as last year. He had a career high 39 points (9G / 30A) a season ago.
The Lightning have signed Anton Stralman to a five-year deal worth $22.5 million.
Stralman had 13 points (1G / 12A) in 81 games with the Rangers this season. The Lightning freed up a lot of cap-space ahead of July 1st, and they gave Stralman a nice contract. The 27-year-old Swede had a strong postseason and will be a reliable defenseman on the Lightning blueline for the next few years.
Just from talking to Stralman Saturday, I don't think he will play tmrw vs. NYI. Think Sat in MTL more realistic option. #NYR
It was originally believed that Stralman would replace Jeff Woywitka but the latter has been relatively serviceable. If you own Stralman, consider waiting for a few more games before inserting him into your lineup.