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Decisions Loom for Boston Bruins: Future of Bruins Defenseman Connor Clifton Shrouded in Uncertainty


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Austin Sabourin
June 25, 2023  (2:34)
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Boston Bruins GM Don Sweeney finds himself grappling with challenging decisions during the current 2023 off-season. As the draft and free agency approach, he must navigate the intricacies of restricted and unrestricted free agents while adhering to the salary cap for the upcoming 2023-34 NHL season.

Amidst the contract negotiations for minor players, Sweeney's focus lies on crucial tasks such as re-signing Jeremy Swayman and exploring potential options for Tyler Bertuzzi. However, the situation surrounding defenseman Connor Clifton remains uncertainówill he stay or leave the team?
Clifton, although not a superstar, embodies the physicality and style of Bruins hockey. He has carved out a role as a dependable third-pair defenseman, thriving under the guidance of coach Jim Montgomery.
In the previous season, Clifton demonstrated growth by achieving career highs in various statistical categories, including production, hits, and offensive contributions.
However, Clifton has had some vulnerable moments defensively, impacting expected goals and occasionally conceding goals alongside Derek Forbort. The Bruins' defensive roster is crowded, making it less likely that Clifton will be retained.
To address the salary cap constraints, potential moves such as buying out Mike Reilly or parting ways with Matt Grzelcyk and Derek Forbort are on the table. With core defensemen like Charlie McAvoy, Hampus Lindholm, and Brandon Carlo in place, Clifton may need to explore other opportunities unless a discounted deal can be negotiated.
In summary, Sweeney faces difficult choices within the constraints of the salary cap, leaving the future of Connor Clifton within the Bruins organization uncertain.
The question remains whether Sweeney will let Clifton walk or offer him a contract extension, with important ramifications for the team's defensive lineup.
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Decisions Loom for Boston Bruins: Future of Bruins Defenseman Connor Clifton Shrouded in Uncertainty

Should Sweeney give Clifton an extension or should he let him walk?

Give him an extension7440.2 %
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