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Stralman shipped to Blue Jackets

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 8:54 AM ET

The biggest souvenir Anton Stralman has from his stint as a Calgary Flames is newborn son, Lowee. He was born in the Stampede City just over a week ago.

His stay doesn't include a sweater worn during a regular-season game.

Stralman was traded yesterday to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a third-round draft choice, which solves the team's logjam on defence.

"I was kind of shocked by the trade. I was really surprised," Stralman told the Columbus Dispatch. "But it feels all good. I feel it's a great opportunity for me.

"I'm not really aware of the situation in Columbus, other than to say it's a really young, talented team and Rick Nash is a superb player."

The Flames have seven defencemen on one-way contracts, while Stralman -- who has a two-way pact -- would have needed to clear waivers to go to the minors. Common sense said another team would have claimed him, so the club had to try and make the best of the situation.

Stralman had a strong pre-season and probably deserved to be ahead of a few other blueliners on the club's depth chart, but he also had strong enough trade value, too.

Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said Stralman fills a need for a puck-moving d-man who can run the powerplay.

Stralman, 23, was acquired in the off-season by the Flames along with Colin Stuart and a 2012 seventh-round draft choice for Wayne Primeau and a 2011 second-round pick.

He has four goals and 22 points in 88 career games.

The Flames have 25 players in camp -- two goalies, seven d-men and 16 forwards.


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