Official: Bruins Extend Defender Connor Clifton
Connor Clifton’s breakout postseason has earned him a new contract with the Boston Bruins. First reported by TSN’s Frank Seravalli, the Bruins have officially inked Connor Clifton to a three-year contract extension worth $3 million total. The deal is expected to carry an AAV of $1 million per season. Clifton’s new contract will not take effect until July 1st, 2020.
Clifton has one season to go on his two-year entry-level contract. Clifton will play that final year out in 2019-20. He’ll count $725,000 against the cap in 2019-20.
Connor Clifton appeared in 19 games for the Bruins in 2018-19. He scored just a single assist in the regular season for Boston as an injury replacement. He skated in 53 regular season games for AHL Providence in 2018-19, his second season at the AHL level. His 27 points (6 g, 21 a) were a career-high in the AHL.
Clifton made his name in the postseason for Boston. The rookie defender appeared in 18 Stanley Cup Playoff games and scored two goals, including his first ever in the NHL. He finished the playoffs with five total points and 32 hits at even strength. Clifton averaged 13:17 per game in the postseason.