Blue Jackets Acquire Anton Stralman

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired 23 year old puck-moving defenseman Anton Stralman from the Calgary Flames for 2010 third round pick. Stralman was picked up by the Flames this summer in the deal that sent Wayne Primeau to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

According to Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch, Columbus GM Scott Howson has been pursuing Stralman for a long time.

Blue Jackets general manager Scott Howson had canvassed NHL rosters for more than two seasons, seeking an offensive defenseman who could stoke a moribund power play. In particular, Howson chased Anton Stralman, first while Stralman played for the Toronto Maple Leafs last season and again in July, before he was traded to the Calgary Flames.

Given the club's lack of offensive players on the back-end, Stralman should get a chance to stick with the Blue Jacket's top 6 defenders.

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