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Blue Jackets re-sign Clendening for two more years

The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed defenseman Adam Clendening to a two-year contract extension through the 2020-21 season.

The contract is a two-way NHL/AHL deal for the 2019-20 season and a one-way NHL deal in 2020-21.

Clendening, 26, registered four goals and 33 assists for 37 points in 45 games for the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters in 2018-19, finishing third on the team in scoring and first in plus/minus rating (+18). He also appeared in four regular-season games with the Blue Jackets and made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, collecting one assist in seven postseason games.

A native of Niagara Falls, N.Y., Clendening has appeared in 306 career AHL games with Cleveland, Rockford, Tucson, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Utica, totaling 32 goals and 166 assists for 198 points. He has added four goals and 18 assists in 36 postseason games, helping Utica to the Calder Cup Finals in 2015 and Rockford to the Western Conference Finals in 2018.

Clendening was a Second Team AHL All-Star as a rookie in 2012-13 and a First Team selection in 2013-14.

In 90 career NHL outings with Columbus, Arizona, the New York Rangers, Edmonton, Pittsburgh, Vancouver and Chicago, Clendening has tallied four goals and 20 assists. He was selected by the Blackhawks in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft.