The Blue Jackets placed Clendening on waivers Tuesday, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports. Clendening has been a healthy scratch for the Blue Jackets' last 13 games, so this move doesn't come as a surprise. As long as he goes unclaimed, the 26-year-old blueliner will be assigned to AHL Cleveland.
Clendening was inactive for the ninth straight game Sunday. The 26-year-old blueliner saw some limited ice time early in the season, but since Seth Jones returned to action he's been nailed to a spot in the press box. Given that he's on a two-way contract, don't be surprised if Clendening gets sent to AHL Cleveland at some point soon, especially if the Jackets need extra depth in their forward ranks.
Clendening signed a one-year, two-way deal with the Blue Jackets on Sunday. Clendening appeared in just five NHL games with Arizona last season, picking up two assists and four shots on goal. There's no guarantee the 25-year-old blueliner will earn a spot on the NHL squad, but the Blue Jackets lost Ian Cole and Jack Johnson in free agency this offseason. If Clendening makes the NHL roster, it will be in a depth role with very limited fantasy value.
The Coyotes traded Clendening and Anthony Duclair to the Blackhawks in exchange for Richard Panik and Laurent Dauphin on Wednesday, Eric Lear of the Blackhawks' official site reports. Clendening is primarily an organizational depth player at this stage in his career, so he'll likely be assigned to and remain with AHL Rockford for the remainder of the 2017-18 campaign.
Clendening cleared waivers and was sent to AHL Tuscon on Friday. Clendening had only played in five of 13 games this season, and was occasionally rendered a healthy scratch. As such, this transaction doesn't come as much of a surprise.
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