Lightning Sign Anton Stralman And Mike Blunden

The Tampa Bay Lightning have signed free agent defenseman Anton Stralman to a five-year contract today, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced.

Stralman, 5-foot-11, 190 pounds, spent the previous three seasons with the New York Rangers. Last season he recorded a goal and 13 points with a plus-9 in 81 games in New York. Stralman averaged 19:24 in ice time per game in 2013-14 which ranked fourth on the team. His 12 assists and 104 shots on goal were third among all Ranger defensemen. Stralman helped New York to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, playing in 25 postseason contests. He recorded five assists and averaged 21:03 in ice time per game, while his plus-4 rating was second among Ranger blue-liners.

A native of Tibro, Sweden, Stralman has played in 394 career NHL games with the Rangers, Columbus Blue Jackets and Toronto Maple Leafs. During his seven-year NHL career he has accumulated 18 goals and 112 points with 159 penalty minutes. He is a combined plus-32 in the previous three seasons in New York. Stralman has played in 55 career Stanley Cup Playoff games, all with the Rangers in the previous three seasons, recording three goals and 11 points.

Stralman was drafted by the Maple Leafs in the 7th round, 216th overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The Lightning also signed right wing Mike Blunden to a one-year, two-way contract. Blunden, 6-foot-4, 216 pounds, played in seven games with the Montreal Canadiens in 2013-14. He spent the majority of the season with the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League with 18 goals and 37 points. Blunden ranked third on the Bulldogs for points and second for goals.

A native of Toronto, Ontario, Blunden has appeared in 102 NHL games with Montreal, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks. He has recorded four goals and eight points during his NHL career, which also includes one playoff game with the Canadiens in 2013. Blunden has played in 379 career AHL games with Hamilton, the Syracuse Crunch, Rockford IceHogs and Norfolk Admirals, posting 83 goals and 187 points.

Blunden was drafted by Chicago in the second round, 43rd overall, at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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