The Rangers have signed right-shot defenseman Adam Clendening to a two-year deal worth $600,000 in the NHL and $300,000 in the AHL. (Dreger)
Clendening, 23, has played 50 games in the NHL with Chicago, Edmonton, Pittsburgh and Vancouver.
He was a 2nd round pick of Chicago in 2011 and last season played 20 games wit hthe Oilers, scoring 1 goal and 5 assists.
He played two seaons for BU and had 4 goals and 29 assists in 38 games in his sophomore season.
In his first two seaons in the AHL, Clendening had 46 points in 73 games and 59 points in 74 games.
Clendening was sent from Chicago to Vancouver and then sent from Vancouver to Pittsburgh in the Brandon Sutter trade.
Pittsburgh then sent him to Anaheim as part of the deal that brought them Carl Hagelin.
Jim Matheson said "Good that Adam Clendening got signed by NYR. Got talent and shoots right but consistency has been problem."
The Sports Forecaster wrote before this season, "the former Blackhawks prospect has nothing left to prove in the minors, but needs a break to crack the NHL lineup. Clendening saw action in four games with Chicago before being traded to Vancouver, where he appeared in 17 more NHL contests. His puck-moving skills are his greatest asset and he knows how to run a PP."
12:59PM: Adam Rotter: This looks like a depth signing for the Rangers that has very little risk. He's a young player who will probably be motivated after being shuffled from team to team the past couple of years. There is definitely a history of offensive upside in his game and maybe he can find some of that with the Rangers.
5:07PM: The more research I do into Clendening the more I really like this signing. He was a touted prospect with the Blackhawks who has offensive abilities and can help run a PP. I'm not saying he will be Keith Yandle, but there is definitely potential in his game and maybe a stable situation, after all of his moving the last two years, will get his game straight and maybe turn into an NHLer.