20 thoughts on “Rangers sign Frederik Claesson

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 3:31 pm

    Very nice and prudent signing. Defensive D man who is very good at entering the zone, something Ranger D men seem to have a problem with.

    Very smart signing.

    • Jul 1, 2018 at 6:05 pm

      I agree. I suspect the Rangers would not have done this however if they were planning to add someone like Karlsson or Trouba.

      I now think the plan is Shattenkirk-Skjei, Pionk-Staal, Claesson-Smith, Kampfer 7th. They will keep on open mind regarding all the kids and maybe even try some early in the year, but I think most are probably not ready (with the obvious exception of DeAngelo who may be as ready as he ever will be, but just not good enough).

      Except for the first pair, not too bad really.

      Amazingly, after they have signed their RFAs, the Rangers will have sixteen defensemen – eleven with over 25 NHL games on their resume’, three exciting newcomers, and two guys who have played a season in Hartford. All but Pedrie seem credible to me, but I have a hard time spotting a first pair guy in the bunch. All the depth that is lacking up front.

      • Jul 1, 2018 at 9:00 pm

        Funny but Brooks reported that Chevy said that he’s not interested in Trouba for one of the Rangers’ centers.

        And that’s because he wants one of them plus…

        • Jul 1, 2018 at 9:54 pm

          Yeah did you noticed how Brooks said that the plan is for Vladdy to start on the wing?

          Between Hayes and Mika, they might have to take Mika along with whatever else going to them. I bet that they are aware that a US born player from the East coast wouldn’t resign with them. I doubt that they want to fill in this same hole next summer while wasting resources to trade for it. Zib and his 4 year contract might be looking awfully juicy right now. That GM doesn’t care if his player’s want out but as long as if they have the term than all the power is in their court.

          • Jul 2, 2018 at 6:44 am

            Hayes could very well be on the team, no question, but if there is a top D man available then I would say that Hayes will lead the trade package to get that player.

            But if the trade opportunity is not there, then it’s not there.

            • Jul 2, 2018 at 10:10 pm

              I’m not sure I really understand the logic behind trading away a budding centerman for a “top” defensemen. I mean we saw what happened with the Larsson/Hall trade..and while obviously not an equitable analogy it warrants serious reflection.

              Trouba (whom I’ve seen so many times on this site it makes me ill) has …count em…1 season with 80+ plus games played and ….count em…1 season with over 30 points in any 1 season out of his first 5 in the league. Oh and only 1 season +10 or more…at exactly +10.

              Call me old fashioned but I don’t need any fancy stats to tell me that’s not all that great. If we want Trouba, I don’t think trading Kevin effing Hayes is the answer. Winnipeg may very well need a bonafide 2C but we don’t NEED Trouba.

              And I believe that is where my frustration lies. Who cares about Jacob Trouba? We shouldn’t…we are rebuilding and we certainly don’t need to give up Hayes for someone who hasn’t proven a damn thing in his 5 years besides demanding more than they’ve earned.

      • Jul 1, 2018 at 9:27 pm

        Kampfer is the 7thD if 5 other guys are hurt.

        • Jul 2, 2018 at 1:20 am

          I agree that if Day or Lindgren or Hajek or Gilmour is ready, they will play ahead of Kampfer. Maybe even Crawley or Bigras. But if they need more seasoning, it is pointless to force them into the NHL before they are ready. I suspect thought that Kampfer is better than DeAngelo will ever be.

          That said, I really hope one or more of the kids is ready. Nice to have Kampfer; even nicer if you don’t need to use him.

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Oh, this is great. As a NYR fan, I am so excited.

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 4:37 pm

    Wasn’t this kid one of those inexperience D men that the Rangers last faced in the playoffs? Maybe if someone like Kreider put his big boy pants on to continue to run him over this kid than the series could have ended differently. What do I know? Kreider is one of the prime time power forwards who plays on the top line and top PP and can put up 47-53 points.

    If the D show up to camp ready to play than people like Smith and ADA will have to fight for theirs. I’m not going to add Gilmour but Pionk will add even more to the competition. We better win all of the pre season games with how stack they are on the blueline now. I think Skjei will have problems if he looks like the 2017-18 version of himself.

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    Not to familiar with Claesson, I like to hear he has speed, can carry the puck, and a lefty, but does he have some size and a mean streak too???

    • Jul 1, 2018 at 5:29 pm

      Not really overly physical, but has good size – IMO more of a shutdown defenseman, young, 25,…still growing.

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    You seriously just took a jab at Kreider on a blog about signing a UFA 7th d’man? Maybe I shouldn’t be so surprised about that, although I’m surprised you didn’t also find a way to tell us all how awesome Hayes is. lol

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 5:44 pm

    Freddy is still relatively young for a dman and has plenty of experience, also some upside potential. A thifty signing during a time when the other NHL GMs are driving up player salaries like there is no tommorow.

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Swedish connection. Karlsson is coming next. Some guy said it would happen while I was waiting for my hoagie.

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    With Reaves out of the picture….matt martin? adam mcquade?

    • Jul 2, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Hey Rich, definitely a bummer on Reaves. We were serousliy in the mix, I read Shatty was doing heavy recruiting, they were good friends in St Louis. So we move on, yes a big body , banger, who can drop the gloves is very much needed. Mcloud is not the answer, too old. Matt Martin can be had, he did not suit up for any of Toronto s playoff games, and with Taveras in tow, they will look to shed some $$$$. . I like his game. Adam Mcquaid, would be an awesome addition to a very soft D crew, we should have demanded him in the Rick Nash trade.

  • Jul 1, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    The perpetual “savvy one-year deal.”

  • Jul 2, 2018 at 5:12 am

    Think they take a run at Derek Grant?

  • Jul 2, 2018 at 8:43 am

    Don’t we have about 4 7th defenseman now?

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