Adam Clendening played in 31 games for the Rangers this past season, scoring twice, adding 9 assists, a plus 3 rating, 38 shots on goal and an average of 15:49 per game.
- October: 5 games
- November: 1 game
- December: 3 games
- January: 9 games
- February: 7 games
- March: 4 games
- April: 2 games
- Playoffs: 0 games
Clendening had a streak of five straight games in the lineup to start the year, 9 straight in January and six games at the end of February and into early March.
When Clendening was on the ice at 5 on 5 the Rangers had 56.7% of the shot attempts and he started 68.3% of his even strength shifts in the offensive zone.
Scott Cullen wrote on TSN that Clendening, in a small sample size, was "outstanding" for the Rangers and that some of his advanced metrics put him in the top 10 for defensemen. (TSN.ca)
He said that Clendening is someone who might be deserving of more than a part-time role to see what kind of player he can really become at the NHL level. (TSN.ca)
Clendening is an RFA and the Rangers will have to offer him a qualifying offer of $660,000 to retain his rights or he will become a UFA. (Cap Friendly)
For more on Clendening's season, click HERE.
Adam Rotter: Clendening had a couple of big moments with the Rangers, especially that game in early January against Columbus and when he tied the game late in the third against the Devils. Overall though it seemed like he was the Rangers 7th defenseman and that was his role when everyone was healthy. He would get in from time to time but after the Rangers acquired Brendan Smith and Steve Kampfer impressed them, Clendening fell to the bottom of the Rangers depth chart, only seeing the ice in games where others were rested. Clendening definitely has offensive ability and, in some ways, has the skill set needed to play for Alain Vigneault but the Rangers already have Steven Kampfer signed up to likely be the 7th defenseman. With that cheap of a qualifying offer though I don't think it's out of the question that the Rangers at least send him an offer to retain his rights.