The Rangers didn't extend a qualifying offer to Claesson on Tuesday, which means he'll become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. This isn't exactly surprising, as the Rangers are in pretty good shape in terms of right-side defenders heading into 2019-20, particularly after acquiring Jacob Trouba in a trade with the Jets earlier this month. Claesson is, however, a decent bottom-pairing option, so he shouldn't have any trouble finding suitors once free agency opens.
Claesson was a healthy scratch in Wednesday's 4-1 loss to Vancouver. The Rangers continue to rotate seven defensemen, with Claesson occasionally getting the short end of the stick and sitting out. He hasn't had much of a fantasy impact when he gets in there, posting two goals and four assists in 31 appearances.
Claesson recorded four hits against the Penguins on Sunday, his first outing back from a 13-game stint on the shelf. Claesson didn't write his name on the scoresheet, but did put a pair of shots on net. Despite the Rangers having dressed seven defensemen, the 25-year-old was still able to log 17:30 of ice time versus Pittsburgh, right on pace with his season average (17:35). He should see a similar workload moving forward.
Claesson (shoulder) will suit up for Sunday's game versus the Penguins, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. Claesson was deemed healthy Saturday, and he's now been activated from injured reserve. He normally fits in as a defenseman, but the Rangers ran him through line rushes as a third-line winger. It's unclear if he'll actually stick there during the game, but his fantasy value is low anyway with just five points in 26 games this campaign.
Claesson (shoulder) has been medically cleared ahead of Sunday's matchup with Pittsburgh, Brett Cyrgalis of the New York Post reports. It isn't clear if Claesson will slot in against the Penguins or sit as a healthy scratch, but if the 26-year-old Swede ends up playing, he'll likely take on a bottom-pairing role. The 2011 fifth-round pick has only notched five points in 26 games this campaign, so there's no reason for fantasy owners to keep tabs on his status.
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