Newly acquired Anton Stralman, who officially agreed to terms on a one-year $900,000 deal with the Rangers on Saturday, stopped by Madison Square Garden to see his new digs and meet teammates after their 5-3 win over Montreal.
The 25-year-old defenseman, who arrived in New York from his native Sweden on Saturday afternoon, said he's looking forward to getting back onto the ice. Stralman attended training camp with the Devils on a tryout but did not make the final roster.
"I'm really excited," he said. "Coming in here, getting to know the guys at first and getting into the practices again and the game routine. It's been a while so it's going to take a little time to get back into game shape. I'm going to work hard to do it."
The Rangers targeted Stralman to bolster their blue line. Top defenseman Marc Staal is out indefinitely with post-concussion symptoms.
Stralman, who has three kids who live in Sweden, said it was a "family decision" to join the Rangers; he thinks the club will provide a good fit for his style of play.
"I try to bring an offensive game. I like to move the puck and join the rush, stuff like that. Obviously, I love to play the power play. That's what I'm going to try to do here. I'll work on my defensive game, I know that's my weakness. Try to work on everything, get better every day."
Stralman spent the past two seasons with Columbus. He finished with one goal and 17 assists in 51 games for the Blue Jackets last season.
"If you have options, you look for the team [where] you think you'll fit in," he said. "I'm obviously happy the Rangers contacted me because they play that way and that's what I want to do."