Bruins Players Would 'Love To Remain A Bruin' But There Is An Issue

Published May 23, 2023 at 3:15 PM

Since Connor Clifton put pen to paper on his professional contract with the Providence Bruins (AHL) in August 2017, following an impressive four-year run at Quinnipiac University, his ascent through the organization has been nothing short of remarkable. The young defenseman has solidified his position as a dependable force for the NHL squad.

Under the previous guidance of Bruce Cassidy, Clifton's potential seemed somewhat stifled, as he often found himself confined to a limited role on the ice. However, with the arrival of new head coach Jim Montgomery, a breath of fresh air has revitalized Clifton's career. Montgomery has granted him newfound freedom and ample opportunities to showcase his skills during the regular season.

In the Bruins' first-round playoff series against the Florida Panthers, Clifton had a chance to redeem himself after a somewhat lackluster end to the regular season. Unfortunately, he failed to seize the moment. Game 6 proved to be a particularly grueling ordeal for the 28-year-old, as he endured what can only be described as the worst performance of his career. In a 7-5 defeat, Clifton was unable to contribute any points and finished the game with a minus 3 rating. His costly turnover in just 13 minutes and 22 seconds of ice time swung the door wide open for the Bruins' subsequent Game 7 loss, which ultimately led to the team squandering a 3-1 series lead.

Following the disappointing conclusion to the season, Clifton found himself pondering his future during his final media appearance on May 2. The topic of contract negotiations arose, and Clifton admitted that substantial discussions had yet to commence, expressing his desire to engage in talks later in June.

"No, not really. I was hoping to do that in late June, honestly," he candidly told reporters. "Obviously, with the early departure, there's a lot more time for that in the coming weeks, but no, we haven't delved too deeply into it just yet."

When asked about his affinity for the team, Clifton affirmed his attachment, saying,
"That's right. I love it here. 'Sweens' and I had a productive discussion this morning during our meeting. We'll see what unfolds in the next couple of weeks."

As the ensuing weeks unfold, the hockey world eagerly awaits any developments concerning Connor Clifton's future with the team.
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Bruins Players Would 'Love To Remain A Bruin' But There Is An Issue

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