Rangers Re-Assign Bell (Again), Offer Stralman a Contract

Traveling day for the Blueshirts, but still a little news coming out. The team announced it has reassigned defenseman Brendan Bell to the Connecticut Whale (AHL). Bell, 28, played just one game for the Rangers after being re-called for the first time.

According to several reports, the Rangers have offered a contract to defenseman Anton Stralman, who failed to make the New Jersey Devils on a tryout offer. Stralman, 25, has played for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets previously. According to the Bergen Record (NJ), he’s also received a contract to stay in Europe and play in the Swedish Elite League.

I think the Bell move is to make room for Michael Sauer to return to the lineup after missing the last handful of games due to a shoulder injury. He should play Thursday night in the home opener against the Leafs.

As Andrew Gross mentions in his Rangers Rants post, the Stalman contract offer could mean the team has concerns about how long Marc Staal will be out with his concussion, which doesn’t bode well for the Rangers.

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