Boston Bruins Extend Defenceman Connor Clifton

Connor Clifton
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS - MAY 29: Brayden Schenn #10 of the St. Louis Blues checks Connor Clifton #75 of the Boston Bruins during Game Two of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Final at TD Garden on May 29, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

According to Frank Seravalli of TSN, the Boston Bruins will sign defenseman Connor Clifton to a three-year contract extension worth $3 million. Clifton has one year left on his entry level deal at $725k.

Connor Clifton Remains With Boston

Clifton, a Matawan New Jersey native, and former Quinnipiac standout defenceman will remain in Boston for the next four years. In 19 career regular season games with the Bruins, Clifton just had one assist but was more of a factor for the Bruins in the playoffs. As the Bruins dealt with injuries on defence throughout the players Clifton filled in nicely. In 18 games in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Clifton recorded five points (two goals, three assists) with a plus/minus of plus 2.

Clifton recorded his first career playoff point against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Round Two of the Stanley Cup Playoffs and scored his first career playoff goal against the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference Final. The biggest goal of his career came in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues as he helped the Bruins rally from a 2-0 deficit to win the game.

Going Forward

Clifton will appear to have the same role with the team going forward as a depth defenseman. With Bruins still looking to re-sign restricted free agent defensemen, Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo, the team has an insurance policy just in case the lose another defenseman on the team. Clifton still has room to grow with the Bruins, as he made some mistakes in the Stanley Cup Final. He will only get better as he plays more minutes.

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Jim is a 2008 graduate of Saint Michaels College who is currently writing about the NHL for Last Word on Hockey. His work includes writing about the New Jersey Devils as well as NHL Notebooks for the Metro and Central Division. Jim has a passion for the game of hockey. As one coach put it "he is the student of the game." When Jim is not writing he can be found at the local rinks playing or being a referee. Throughout his time in the game, Jim continues to coach a local high school team. In addition, he broadcasted several New Jersey Junior Rockets games for the Eastern Hockey League. Reach him on Twitter: @JimBiringer


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