The Rangers have signed former Ottawa defenseman Fredrik Claesson to a one-year deal worth $700,000. (McKenzie)
Claesson, 25, was not qualified by the Senators and has played 113 games in his NHL career, scoring 4 goals and 16 assists.
He was a fifth round pick of Ottawa in 2011 and played in 14 playoff games during the Senators run to the Eastern Conference Final in 2016-17.
Larry Brooks writes that while Claesson is a left hand shot, he has played on the right side before. (NY Post)
Adam Rotter: This is an extremely low risk and depth move for the Rangers. At the very least he is someone that can battle for a job in training camp and provide depth in the AHL. In the best case scenario the Rangers catch lightning in a bottle and Claesson thrives and joins the Rangers long-term plans. The reality is probably somewhere in the middle of those extremes. It's never a bad idea to take a chance on youngish players with talent and that is what the Rangers have done. They are looking to find some diamonds in the rough and I won't at all be surprised if they look to try and add more players like Claesson before training camp starts.