The Rangers signed Swedish defenseman Fredrik Claesson on Sunday to a one-year deal worth $700,000 after Cleasson was not qualified by Ottawa.
Claesson's top five on five partner last season was Erik Karlsson and when the two were on the ice the Senators had 51% of the shot attempts.
He is a left handed shot but has played on the right side in his career. (NY Post)
On why Claesson was signed, Jeff Gorton said that he can skate, play both sides and a physical game.
He added, "we thought it was a good opportunity to add to our depth and see if he can make our team."
Claesson described himself as a stay at home defenseman that likes to break up plays, hit and make a good first pass. (NYR)
He said that he wants to improve his offensive game, play more and "prove" to the Rangers that he can be an NHLer. (NYR)
The 2017-18 Sports Forecaster wrote that Claesson didn't look out of place while playing with Erik Karlsson and was a "steady performer" in Ottawa's run to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2017. They added that he is "just coming into his own at the NHL level."
In his 113 career NHL games, Claesson has 246 hits, 138 blocked shots, 4 goals and 16 assists. In 33 playoff games in 2017, Claesson had 33 hits, 9 blocked shots and 13 giveaways.
Adam Rotter: Claesson is interesting because he spent time paired with Erik Karlsson, but then didn't get a qualifying offer. It seems like he may not have followed up his strong postseason run but at 25-years old and on a team that struggled as much as Ottawa, it seems odd to cut ties with him. Hopefully this decision by the Senators works out well for the Rangers ans they are able to work with Claesson to become the player Ottawa hoped he would be.