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Free Agency 2017: Arizona Coyotes sign Adam Clendening

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Looks like John Chayka found another right-handed defenseman who needs a new start.

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The newest potential Arizona Coyote seems to be Adam Clendening, a 24-year-old, right-handed defenseman who has seen way too many hockey teams in his short NHL career. Per Craig Morgan, a one-year deal worth $650K.

Clendening’s Pro Stats

Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM
2012-13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 73 9 37 46 67
2013-14 Rockford IceHogs AHL 74 12 47 59 64
2014-15 Rockford IceHogs AHL 38 1 12 13 20
2014-15 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 4 1 1 2 2
2014-15 Vancouver Canucks NHL 17 0 2 2 8
2014-15 Utica Comets AHL 11 1 4 5 23
2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 9 0 1 1 10
2015-16 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens AHL 6 0 3 3 0
2015-16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 20 1 5 6 10
2016-17 New York Rangers NHL 31 2 9 11 17
Totals 283 27 121 148 221
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Many would think this is a horrible signing, but for what Clendening brings to the table, it’s not. He is a young, right-handed defenseman. Everyone is looking to stockpile those in their system even if they are not the strongest player on the team.

He was reportedly in Alain Vigneault’s doghouse while in New York and was used as the extra defenseman on the other teams he ended up with.

Here he is compared to Kevin Connauton last season:

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This also gives the Coyotes another true right-hander on defense because the only one at this time is Luke Schenn.

UPDATE: Sarah McLellan of AZSports Central has confirmed the signing.

What do you think about this signing?