Stralman signed a three-year, $16.5 million contract with the Panthers on Monday.
Stralman cashed in on a weak blue line free agent class, actually getting a $1 million raise in annual salary compared to his last contract while joining a Florida team that's been extremely active in free agency. He's served as a steady defensive presence for the in-state rival Lightning over the past few years, but Stralman's more of a shut down type than an offensive force. He hasn't scored more than 22 points in any of the past three seasons and will turn 33 years old in August.
Stralman will likely need to take a pay cut to re-sign with Tampa, reports Tampa Bay Times.
Stralman's $4.5 million salary in 2018-19 made him the third-highest paid defender, yet he posted some of his lowest offensive numbers since 2012-13. And he played in just 47 games this season. Stralman was often the odd man out when it came to the defensive rotation that coach Jon Cooper employed -- he never really had a regular partner this season. He, Dan Girardi and Braydon Coburn are all unrestricted free agents, and the Bolts won't be able to ink all three, especially with the big contract that Brayden Point will be signing. Stralman would be valuable in another run for the Cup, but the almighty dollar will dictate if that opportunity comes with Tampa or another squad. Regardless, his fantasy best-before-date is well behind him.
Stralman (lower body) was never able to return to the lineup before the Lightning were swept out of the playoffs.
Stralman suited up in just two of the final 18 games of the season due to the lower-body injury. Set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer, teams will likely have some injury concerns about the 32-year-old, due to the fact that he suited up in just 47 games this season. Stralman has seen his point totals decline each year since he's been with Tampa Bay, producing just two goals and 17 points in 2018-19. Stralman has proven he can still be an effective defenseman, but his time with the Bolts could be over, due to the team dealing with major players --Brayden Point and Nikita Kucherov -- in line for massive deals this offseason.
Stralman (lower body) will miss Game 4 versus the Blue Jackets.
Stralman's lower-body injury will force him to miss at least one more contest and could mean he's done for the season if the Lightning can't come up with a road win Tuesday. The veteran blueliner collected 17 points and posted a plus-12 rating during the regular season, but his absence should allow Braydon Coburn to remain among the defensive pairings.
Stralman (lower body) will not suit up for Sunday's Game 3 matchup against Columbus, Dan Rosen of NHL.com reports.
Stralman will be on the sidelines alongside fellow blueliner Victor Hedman who is dealing with an undisclosed injury. He is in doubt to suit up in Game 4 on Tuesday, though it is still a remote possibility.
Stralman (lower body) won't be in the lineup versus Columbus on Friday and is in doubt for Games 3 and 4 on Sunday and Tuesday, respectively, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Stralman has been making progress and was able to join his teammates on the ice for Friday's game-day skate. Once cleared to play, the Swede figures to return to logging over 20 minutes per game. In the meantime, Jan Rutta will continue to fill out the third pairing in Stralman's stead.
Stralman (lower body) is still in consideration for action during the conference quarterfinals against the Blue Jackets, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
It's already been determined that Stralman will miss Game 1 on Wednesday, but the defenseman rounding out his fifth year with the Bolts reportedly skated on his own ahead of the playoff opener. Once healthy, Stralman -- who fashioned two goals and 15 points over 47 regular-season games -- could be a sneaky option in playoff pools since the Bolts are the odds-on favorites to win the Stanley Cup.
Stralman (lower body) won't be in the lineup for Wednesday's Game 1 against the Blue Jackets, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
According to coach Jon Cooper, Stralman is making progress in his recovery from a lower-body injury, but he'll have to wait for Friday's Game 2 for his next opportunity to rejoin the lineup. Once given the green light, the veteran blueliner will likely replace Dan Girardi on the Lightning's top pairing.
Stralman (lower body) was not on the ice for Monday's practice, reports NHL.com.
Stralman returned from a lower-body injury on April 2 and played in two in games, but sat out the season finale on Saturday. Coach Jon Cooper would not say if Stralman had suffered a setback, stating only that "He's (Stralman) just working through things. It's tough for him." He sounds doubtful for Game 1 on Wednesday, but we'll know more closer to game time.
Stralman went minus-1 and blocked three shots in Tuesday's loss to the Canadiens.
Stralman made a return after a 12-game absence due to a lower-body injury. The Lightning were caught flat by a playoff-hungry Canadiens team, and Stralman's plus-minus rating suffered. Nevertheless, he still sits at a plus-11 on the campaign and has 70 blocked shots in 46 games.
Stralman (lower body) will play in Tuesday's game versus the Canadiens, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
Stralman hasn't played in the last 12 games, but he'll finally return to the second pairing with Mikhail Sergachev. The 32-year-old blueliner has modest offensive upside with 17 points through 45 games this season, and he doesn't consistently receive power-play minutes.
Stralman (lower body) is still targeting a return during the Lightning's four-game road trip, but won't be in action versus Ottawa on Monday, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Getting Stralman back in the lineup would be a huge boost for a blue line that will likely be without Victor Hedman for the rest of the regular season. Once cleared to play, the 32-year-old Stralman could see an uptick in ice time. He's averaging 20:30 this season, and figures to bounce Cameron Gaunce from the lineup.
Stralman (lower body) isn't likely to play Saturday, though he'll be considered for the ensuing four-game road trip to cap off the regular season, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
While Stralman is about to miss his 11th straight game, it seems like the Bolts are evaluating the defenseman on a regular basis. Meanwhile, Jan Rutta has been filling in for him in a limited capacity, with additional minutes distributed among the more established blueliners.
Stralman (lower body) is listed as an injured scratch in Corey Long's NHL.com preview of Monday's Bruins-Lightning game.
Stralman still isn't ready for his first game action since March 5. The veteran defenseman's next opportunity to rejoin the Lightning's Presidents' Trophy winning lineup will be Saturday in Washington, giving him a few more days to recover.
Stralman (lower body) will miss the next three games but remains day-to-day, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Stralman has played in just 45 contests this year due to injuries and will miss another three outings. The blueliner's absence, along with that of Dan Girardi, will likely result in Jan Rutta and Erik Cernak seeing additional minutes. Once cleared to return, the veteran should get back to his season average 20:30 of ice time.
Stralman (lower body) will not suit up for Monday's game against the Coyotes, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
The 32-year-old has now missed six consecutive games and seven of the last eight. It's unclear how long he'll be out, but Stralman is still considered day-to-day.
Stralman (lower body) wasn't on the ice for morning skate ahead of Saturday's home game against the Capitals, Erik Erlendsson of LightningInsider.com reports.
With Dan Girardi (lower body) also shaping up to be an injured scratch, the Lightning are expected to continue deploying Jan Rutta in a bottom-pairing capacity against the Caps. Stralman has proven over the years that he can be a decent offensive producer when healthy -- he's accumulated two goals and 15 assists through 45 games this season -- but owners shouldn't be too caught up in his status around the fantasy playoffs.
Stralman (lower body) will miss Thursday's road contest in Detroit, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
Stralman will miss a fourth consecutive game with a lower-body injury. Having appeared in 45 of a possible 70 games this season, Stralman has struggled to stay healthy, producing just 17 points so far in 2018-19. Expect another update on the d-man's health prior to the Lightning's next game, at home versus Washington on Saturday.
Stralman (lower body) won't play Monday in Toronto, Joe Smith of The Athletic reports.
According to Lightning coach Jon Cooper, Stralman may not play Thursday in Detroit, either. The Swedish blueliner has appeared in just one game in the month of March so far, leaving him stuck on 17 points through 45 appearances.
Stralman (lower body) missed morning skate ahead of Saturday's game against the Red Wings, Bryan Burns of the Lightning's official site reports.
Barring an unforeseen turnaround, it appears that Stralman will miss the upcoming game. Jan Rutta was called up under emergency conditions Friday, so he'd be the logical choice to fill in for a Bolts team that has already clinched a playoff spot.
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