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GLENDALE, ARIZONA - OCTOBER 18: Anton Stralman #86 of the Arizona Coyotes during the NHL game at Gila River Arena on October 18, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blues defeated the Coyotes 7-4. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • The Bruins have confirmed that Anton Stralman will indeed join the team on a professional tryout agreement for the remainder of training camp.

    Invited to camp prior to its start, the 36-year-old Stralman took some time to think over his options and ultimately his desires for the 2022-23 season, and formally accepted the offer on Friday.

    A right-shot defenseman, Stralman spent the 2021-22 season with Arizona, and totaled eight goals and 23 points in 74 games for the Coyotes. Stralman also put up 99 hits and 100 blocked shots, and averaged over 21 minutes a night for a scorched-earth-rebuild Arizona squad.

  • GLENDALE, ARIZONA - NOVEMBER 24: Anton Stralman #86 of the Arizona Coyotes warms up before the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 24, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. The Oilers defeated the Coyotes 5-3. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

    GLENDALE, ARIZONA – NOVEMBER 24: Anton Stralman #86 of the Arizona Coyotes warms up before the NHL game at Gila River Arena on November 24, 2021 in Glendale, Arizona. (Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

  • A veteran of 930 NHL games since 2007, Stralman would give the Bruins another right-shooting defenseman, which is certainly a need with just two such options (Brandon Carlo and Connor Clifton) expected to begin the year healthy and available thanks to Charlie McAvoy’s injury.

    That lack of experienced ‘RHD’ has put Jakub Zboril, who played just 10 games last season before suffering a season-ending knee injury, on the right side for the start of camp. (And for what it’s worth, Zboril, who played the right side in Providence and then Boston, has actually continued to look pretty solid in that spot.) Behind him, journeyman defender Connor Carrick would be the next man up.

  • Mar 25, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anton Stralman (86) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. Mandatory Credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

    Mar 25, 2022; Calgary, Alberta, CAN; Arizona Coyotes defenseman Anton Stralman (86) during the face off against the Calgary Flames during the first period at Scotiabank Saddledome. (Sergei Belski/USA TODAY Sports)

  • On a fully healthy (if they ever get there, which is no guarantee) Bruins roster, The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Stralman would likely slot into the mix as the team’s seventh or eighth defenseman.

    If signed, there’s no doubt that his salary would reflect that for the cap-strung Bruins, and that may give him added value for the Bruins opposed to some of the team’s more expensive potential No. 7 and 8 defensemen currently signed to the roster. Especially with the Bruins almost certainly needing to make a trade to become cap compliant when McAvoy, Brad Marchand, and Matt Grzelcyk return.

    But, of course, the Bruins gotta see what’s left in Stralman’s tank before we get to that point.

    The good news is that Stralman is more than familiar with the Atlantic Division thanks to recent tenures with the Lightning (2014-2019) and Panthers (2019-2021), and has a staggering 113 games of Stanley Cup Playoff experience to his name, including Stanley Cup Finals runs in both 2014 and 2015.