Relating of the signing of Jason Strudwick I looked in the CBA and didn't find why Jason Strudwick is ineligble to play in the playoffs. 13.23 In the event a professional or former professional Player plays in a league outside North America after the start of the NHL Regular Season [...] he may thereafter lay in the NHL during that Playing Season (including Playoffs [...] So why this ? Why is he uneligible NEW YORK (AP) -The New York Rangers signed veteran defenseman Jason Strudwick on Monday. The 31-year-old Edmonton native played with HC Lugano of the Swiss League this season, registering two goals, three assists and 28 penalty minutes in 34 games. After clearing waivers at noon, he was inserted into the Rangers' lineup Monday night against Pittsburgh. He was paired with defense partner Paul Mara. Strudwick is eligible to play the final 10 regular-season games, but can't be on the postseason roster should New York reach the playoffs.