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Rangers sign Anton Stralman for two years, $3.4M

Washington Capitals v New York Rangers - Game Two

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 30: Anton Stralman #32 of the New York Rangers looks on after he lost his helmet in the first period against the Washington Capitals in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Madison Square Garden on April 30, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Bruce Bennett

The New York Rangers avoided arbitration with defenseman Anton Stralman, signing him to a two-year contract worth $3.4 million.

Since joining the Rangers from the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, his time on ice dropped from about 20 minutes per game to a little more than 17. Still, the 25-year-old blueliner found a place in the Rangers’ lineup during his 53 regular season games and 20 playoff contests.

New York’s defensive depth might be a question next season, yet further improvement from Stralman could help alleviate that concern.

Stralman’s arbitration hearing was scheduled for July 31.