New Lightning defenseman Anton Stralman is a huge heavy metal music fan, and can string a few tunes himself. Stralman, 27, said when he and his wife Johanna moved in together in 2005, he had to give up video games, so he decided to buy a guitar for his 19th birthday. He’s no Slash, but can play Guns N Roses “Patience” pretty well. “I wish I was good, like to think I’m good,” Stralman said, smiling. “But it’s just not happening.” Fortunately for Stralman, he can stick to his day job, which recently got a lot more security. The former Ranger signed a five-year, $22.5 million deal with Tampa Bay on July 1, with the father of four making a brief trip to Tampa this week to house-hunt and research schools. While Stralman doesn’t know the bay area very well, he’s well-versed in his new employer. “This team really excites me,” Stralman said. “I think this team is very promising. When you’re making your choice, you want to see progress in a team in a positive way, and I think this team has all those good areas. “I think this team is close to complete. Honestly the forwards, tremendous firepower there, best scorer in the league (Steven Stamkos), can’t ask for more really.” Stralman said he spoke with former Rangers teammate Ryan Callahan and fellow Swede Victor Hedman before signing, wanting to confirm his positive thoughts. Stralman gives Tampa Bay the right-handed shooting, top-four defenseman it needed, and the team provided the veteran with the desired stability, including a no-trade clause. Stralman is coming off what he considers his most consistent season, with one goal, 12 assists and a plus-9 in 81 games, stepping up in the Rangers run to the Stanley Cup final.
Stralman says Lightning "close to complete"
Tampa Bay Times | Jul 9