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NHL rumors: Bruins, Connor Clifton agree to three-year, $3 million contract extension

NHL rumors: Bruins, Connor Clifton agree to three-year, $3 million contract extension

The Boston Bruins locked up a talented young defenseman for three additional seasons Monday.

The Bruins and 24-year-old blueliner Connor Clifton have come to terms on a three-year, $3 million extension.

Clifton still has another year remaining on his current contract, so this extension will begin in the 2020-21 season and run through the 2022-23 campaign.

Clifton played in 19 regular season games for the Bruins in 2018-19, tallying one assist and 22 shots on goal with 17:42 of ice time per game. He appeared in 18 of the Bruins' 24 Stanley Cup playoff games and tallied five points (two goals, three assists) and 11 shots with 13:17 of ice time per game. Clifton primarily played a third-line role for Boston.

The Bruins have more contractual work to complete on their blue line. Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo both need new contracts as restricted free agent defensemen.

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Members of Bruins organization send supplies, cards to Colby Cave's family

Members of Bruins organization send supplies, cards to Colby Cave's family

Former Boston Bruins forward and current Edmonton Oiler Colby Cave was placed in a medically-induced coma Tuesday after suffering a brain bleed, and the hockey community has sent an outpouring of prayers and support to the Cave family after receiving the terrible news. 

The Oilers released a statement Thursday saying the 25-year-old underwent surgery and will remain in a medically-induced coma to allow his brain to rest after all he's been through. 

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Amid these developments, Cave's wife Emily and his family aren't able to see him due to the growing coronavirus concerns, but she did share an update via Instagram and it looks like the B's have been nothing but supportive. 

From what it looks like, it seems that David Backes (former Bruin), Patrice Bergeron, Zdeno Chara, Brad Marchand, Connor Clifton, Charlie Coyle, Steve Kampfer, Adam McQuaid (former Bruin), Charlie McAvoy, Kevan Miller, John Moore, Chris Wagner, Brandon Carlo and their families have sent some supplies, gifts and cards to the Cave family after hearing the news. 

Bruce Cassidy, Jay Leach and other members of the Bruins organization also sent their condolences to the Cave family and commented on the situation on Wednesday.  

Cave was with the Bruins organization from 2015-19 until he was claimed off waivers by the Oilers. 

Zdeno Chara reacts to Tom Brady leaving Patriots: 'I'll always be his fan'

Zdeno Chara reacts to Tom Brady leaving Patriots: 'I'll always be his fan'

Zdeno Chara and Tom Brady both have been Boston sports icons for well over a decade. During that time, they've expressed admiration for each other's games and maintained a close relationship.

So when Brady left the New England Patriots to sign with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month, Chara was one of many saddened and surprised by the news. Still, the veteran Boston Bruins defenseman remains supportive of Brady's endeavors.

Chara shared his reaction to Brady's departure Thursday on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe."

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"I have to be honest, it was obviously a little mixed feelings," Chara said. "I was sad to see Tom leave. He meant so much to the Boston community, to the fans, to probably every little boy growing up.

"All these inspiring stories, and just a great example on and off the field. So yeah, it was kind of sad to see him leave Boston, but at the same time I’m very supportive of his decision and what he’s trying to go for, and I will always be his fan and his friend and wish him nothing but the best."

After Brady made his Bucs signing official, Chara bid farewell to the six-time Super Bowl champion with a heartfelt Instagram post.

Now that Brady is out of town, Chara is by far Boston's oldest athlete at 43 years old. Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia is the second-oldest at 36. Like Brady, Chara doesn't plan to hang 'em up any time soon and doesn't have an age in mind for when he'll retire.

"I don’t like to put the numbers like that," Chara said. "You never know what’s going to happen. I want to play as long as I can and as long as I have fun and I love the game and I’m very passionate about the game, but we’ll see what’s going to happen."

Chara signed a one-year, $2 million extension with the Bruins last year.