Former Bruins sends shots at Gary Bettman

Published July 17, 2023 at 11:13 PM
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Anton Stralman's NHL Journey Comes Full Circle as He Returns Home

Anton Stralman, the seasoned veteran defenseman, made headlines last offseason when he signed a professional tryout with the Boston Bruins, just weeks shy of his 37th birthday on August 1.

Although Stralman's time in Boston was relatively brief, appearing in only nine games from October 18 to November 25 without recording any points, recent reports from Mark Divver of the New England Hockey Journal reveal that the Swedish blueliner has found a new home. Stralman has signed with HV71 of the SHL, marking a significant return to his native country.

In a candid interview with Sportskeeda, Stralman openly shared his frustrations over being considered a reliable defenseman but ultimately being pushed out due to salary cap constraints.


Reflecting on his decision to play in Sweden, he stated, "
It's not a dream employer regarding how you are treated and all that; it is a cut-throat business. Having four children and starting a family at the same time... it's not an easy task; it really isn't. It has been incredible how they pulled the heaviest load. Balancing it with playing in the NHL becomes an 'enemy' in the family, even though it allows us to experience cool things. It's a difficult dynamic.
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Stralman further emphasized the realities of being an NHL player, dispelling any notions of glamour: "
No, there is no glamor in it really. It's hard work and no glamor at all in being an NHL player.
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With an impressive career spanning 938 games, Stralman has graced the ice for various teams, leaving his mark on the league.

From the Toronto Maple Leafs to the Columbus Blue Jackets, New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning, Florida Panthers, Arizona Coyotes, and finally the Boston Bruins, he has showcased his skills on the blue line, contributing 63 goals and 230 assists throughout his journey.

As Stralman embarks on this new chapter in his career, returning to Sweden, the NHL bids farewell to a seasoned defenseman whose experience and impact will not be forgotten.

Source: bostonhockeynow
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