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Rangers sign Anton Stralman

NEW YORK -- The Rangers have signed Anton Stralman to help fill in on an injury-hit defensive unit.

The 25-year-old Stralman, who has played in 212 NHL games, agreed to a one-year deal on Saturday worth $900,000. He had a training camp tryout with the New Jersey Devils but didn't earn a spot.

"I'm really excited," Stralman said Saturday night. "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."

New York is missing top defenseman Marc Staal, who is out indefinitely because of a concussion sustained last season. Michael Sauer has also been sidelined at times this season by a shoulder injury.

In four seasons with Toronto and Columbus, Stralman had 11 goals and 63 assists. He had one goal and 17 assists last season in 51 games with Columbus.

After spending recent weeks back home in his native Sweden, Stralman arrived in New York Saturday afternoon; he is unlikely to play until next weekend. The Rangers host the Hurricanes on Friday and play Saturday night against the Islanders.

"We had a lot of options in Europe," Stralman said. "I have three kids so it was kind of a family decision. I obviously wanted to come back to the NHL. At the end I'm happy we ended up here. We're really excited about this."

He added: "If you have options, you look for the team (where) you think you'll fit in. I'm obviously happy the Rangers contacted me because they play that way and that's what I want to do."

The Rangers also placed forwards Mike Rupp (knee) and Wojtek Wolski (groin) on the injured list. Rupp will undergo arthroscopic surgery within the next week.

Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Katie Strang and The Associated Press was used in this report.