And after the Rangers went 1 for 9 last night, they could use the assistance from somewhere.
Here's some excerpts from Stralman's discussion with the press after the game last night. The 25-year-old, who played two seasons with the Leafs and Blue Jackets, had been skating with a Swedish team from his home town of Tibro when he wasn't offered a contract after a training camp tryout with the Devils.
“I try to bring an offensive game, I like to move the puck and join the rush. Obviously, I love to play the power play, that’s what I’m going to try to do here. At the same time, work on my defensive game, I know it’s my weakness. Try to work on everything and get better every day."
"It’s going to take a little time to get back into game shape. I’m going to work hard to do it...I had a rough camp with the Devils... It’s a different level practicing with a Division I (Swedish) team and an NHL team but I’m sure I’m going to be back pretty quick on that.”
“Hanging around the Devils and maybe get an injury and it could ruin the whole season, that’s kind of why I went home and spent some time with the family and try and stay in shape as much as I can.”
“We had a lot of options in Europe and I’ve got three kids, so it’s kind of a family decision. I obviously wanted to be back to the NHL but at the same time you have to work something out with the family. At the end, I’m happy we ended up here and we’re really excited."
“When you’re a player you’re looking for an organization, if you have options, which I did, you look for the team that you think you fit in. I’m obviously happy the Rangers contacted me because they play that way and that’s what I want to do.”