Boston Bruins UFA: Three potential Landing Spots For Connor Clifton

Published May 27, 2023 at 4:25

The Boston Bruins unrestricted free agents Connor Clifton had a breakout season last year, but he may have played his last game as a Bruin. He set new career highs in various categories and is due for a significant raise.

If the Bruins are unable to re-sign Clifton, there are three teams that could be interested in acquiring his services:

Detroit Red Wings

The Red Wings have a need for right-shot defensemen and could benefit from Clifton's addition. He could slot into their bottom pairing or potentially play second-pairing minutes if they move some pieces around. With ample cap space, the Red Wings have the financial flexibility to pursue Clifton on a multi-year deal.

New Jersey Devils

The Devils had a promising season and are looking to continue their upward trajectory. With right-shot defenseman Damon Severson likely hitting free agency, Clifton could be a more affordable option to fill that role. His physicality and penalty-killing ability would be valuable assets for the Devils. Despite needing to re-sign some free agents, the Devils have enough cap space to make a competitive offer to Clifton.

New York Islanders

The Islanders could be in the market for a replacement if right-shot defenseman Scott Mayfield departs as a UFA. Clifton's gritty style of play aligns well with the Islanders' identity. He could join their bottom pairing or even compete for second-pairing minutes alongside Alexander Romanov. While the Islanders have limited cap space, they have few notable free agents to re-sign, allowing them to pursue Clifton if they prioritize him.
It remains to be seen if the Bruins can retain Clifton, but these three teams could make a push to sign him in free agency, considering his career year and the specific needs they have on their blue line.

It would be nice for the Bruins to be able to bring him back, but it doesn't seem likely they'll be able to afford him.

Per - Thehockeywriters
May 27   |   44 answers
Boston Bruins UFA: Three potential Landing Spots For Connor Clifton

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Detroit Red Wings1636.4 %
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