Larry Brooks writes that Alain Vigneault's decision to keep going with the same six defensemen every night and not take another look at Adam Clendening is "baffling." (NY Post)
He compares it to Dylan McIlrath's situation last year but notes that Clendening is a mobile puck-mover who better suits Vigneault's system. (NY Post)
Brooks says that with the Rangers issues dealing with the neutral zone trap it might be "beneficial" to see if Clendening can make a difference "clearing the zone, transporting the puck and beating the trap." (NY Post)
Clendening, a right shot defenseman, would likely come in at the expense of Dan Girardi or Kevin Klein. Brooks says that Girardi has bounced back after last season, despite what the analytics say, but that Klein has been struggling. (NY Post)
Klein missed the first three games this season due to back spasms.
Clendening played in the Rangers first five games of the season and last played on 11/6 against Winnipeg. In that game the Rangers sat Girardi in the second game of a back to back.
He also dressed for one game as a last minute replacement but didn't take a shift.
Adam Rotter: Like Dylan McIlrath last year, Adam Clendening is the Rangers seventh defenseman and it seems like his only opportunity to play is if one of the top-six get injured. It doesn't have to be that way. Clendening isn't the second coming of Bobby Orr but he can move the puck and give Girardi and Klein a night off every few games, especially on back to backs. Klein has been struggling as of late and should sit for a game. At the very least the Rangers should call up another defensemen to sit for a few games and let Clendening go to Hartford on a conditioning stint so he can play.