Meet the New York Rangers’ Newest Players: Goaltender Brad Arvanitis and defenseman Adam Clendening. What do they bring to the ice?
During his pre-training camp press conference, Chris Drury said, “We’ve got faith in the players we’ve already got on board.” “With 48 contracts out of a maximum of 50, we want our signed players to strut their stuff at camp without needing extra tryouts.” Well, it seems like they had a change of heart because we’ve got some fresh faces!
A Boost in the Crease:
First, the Rangers have brought on goaltender Brad Arvanitis on a PTO. Hailing from Holliston, MA, Brad spent the last season bouncing around the ECHL with the Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Wichita Thunder, and even had a stint with the Pensacola Ice Flyers of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). Interestingly, he’s already locked in for the 2023-24 season with the Maine Mariners of the ECHL, so consider this a little extra insurance in the crease.
Brad had a decent run last season with the Ice Flyers, boasting a .919 save percentage (SV%) and a 2.71 goals-against average (GAA) in 20 games. He also tasted the ECHL with the Rush, Oilers, and Thunder.
Adding Defensive Depth:
Now, let’s talk defense. The Blueshirts have also inked defenseman Adam Clendening to a PTO. Hailing from Niagara Falls, NY, Adam had a busy 2022-23 season, splitting his time between the AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack and Rockford IceHogs, putting up a solid 33 points (4G-29A) in 68 games.
Clendening had a previous stint with the Rangers in 2016-2017. He contributed two goals and eleven points in 31 games, making him the 6th highest-scoring defenseman based on total points. Clendening also had a brief tenure with the Hartford Wolf Pack last season, adding a goal and nine points in 20 games.
Clendening last saw NHL ice time in 2018-19. For now, he’s likely to step into Zac Jones’ shoes in Hartford and vie for that eighth defenseman spot, possibly against Ben Harpur. Clendening’s signing appears similar to Riley Nash’s; he is not precisely angling for an NHL spot but provides valuable depth for the organization.