Stralman avoids arbitration

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenceman Anton Stralman to a one-year contract.

Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Columbus Dispatch is reporting the contract signed is worth $1.95 million. The agreement avoided a salary arbitration hearing scheduled for Wednesday.

"We are pleased that we were able to come to a negotiated settlement," said Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson. "We look forward to having Anton back on our blue line this season."

Stralman scored six goals and added 28 assists for 34 points in 73 games last season, his first with the Blue Jackets. He led Columbus defencemen in assists and points.

The Blue Jackets acquired Stralman from Calgary last September, sending a third-round pick to the Flames in return. Calgary had traded for the native of Sweden in July 2009 as part of a deal with Toronto.

Stralman, who will turn 24 on Aug. 1, has 10 goals and 46 assists for 56 points in 161 NHL games. He played his first two NHL seasons with the Maple Leafs, who selected him with the 216th overall pick of the 2005 Entry Draft.


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