Morning Free Association: The Clifton Problem

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Twitter can be a wonderful and terrible place. for instance, if you want to hide out from terrible people, it’s not the place to go. If you want to get lost in picture after picture of adorable animals, it’s a great place. Hockey Twitter can be it’s own little hellish landscape with everyone jumping all over everyone else for their takes on all things hockey. plus, the most repugnant people tend to gravitate there as well. However, it can also be a place for little gems that you might not get anywhere else.

Truthfully, I don’t get lost in thought about how many games players have before they are no longer waivers exempt. Most people probably don’t. Since we’re mostly dealing with roster players who don’t move between the leagues often, we just don’t think about pressing problems like this:

Yes, Connor Clifton is rapidly approaching a benchmark in his career in which it becomes more difficult to assign him to the AHL if needed. According to the CBA, there is a formula to derive this number of games; this involves the on-ice position, age at which the player signs their ELC, and number of games they’ve played in the NHL both regular season and playoffs. Connor Clifton signed his ELC at age 23 and between last season (19), the postseason (18), and this season (8), he is currently at 45 games played. His one-way contract extension doesn’t kick in until next season.

So, this presents an interesting dilemma contingent upon certain players’ returns. Kevan Miller is skating but is mostly MIA. He isn’t practicing with the team and there is no current timetable for his return. Currently he is on IR but not LTIR which suggests that the team could activate him immediately when he’s ready, that it would be soon. There’s simply nothing indicating that that will happen. John Moore is expected to be back sometime in November at the earliest or perhaps even December. Clifton will hit the 60 game mark well before that.

As exciting as Cliffy Hockey is to watch, he may ride the bench for some games in favor of Steven Kampfer to avoid waivers. And that’s okay. Barring an early return of Miller or Moore, this seems like the option that’s best to not lose this electric player to another team.

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Hi folks. It’s raining again. Think that makes every day this week! Ah well.

Play a few, watch a few – it makes sense. Exciting as he is, Cliffy’s still got plenty to learn and Kampfer is capable of holding the fort in between.

Twitter can be a wonderful and terrible place.

Perfect description!

My favourite account at the moment is called 41strange. It’s some weird stuff …

https://twitter.com/41Strange/status/1187579029194297344?s=19

Some animals

https://twitter.com/41Strange/status/1187452957656137728?s=19

And sometimes, weird animals!

https://twitter.com/41Strange/status/1187495767050604544?s=19

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“I crush your head!”

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It looks like Bjork is bjack!

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A Clifton problem? Maybe Andy Kaufman can help us.
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Hey All!
Gotta keep Cliffy!!! Couldn’t Kampfer go to Providence in his stead? Of course, there’s no guarantee that KevAn ever returns. Reminds me of the Gord Kluzak saga, although i don’t think Miller has Kluzak’s potential upside.
Watched two periods of Sabres/ Rags game last night. Buffalo has been on a roll, NYR sinking in the standings….. so Rags won 6-2, natch. Still, Buffalo looks to be for real this season. No E. Kane to upset the chemistry. A few familiar faces… Vlad Sobotka, Colin Miller, Marcus Johansen, and Matt Hunwick…. We already know about their fantastic, top pick young guns…. They’ve picked up some good pieces/ parts like Connor Sheary and Marco Scandella…. Carter Hutton is gunning for #1 goalie… Skies are brightest they’ve been in Buffalo since The Dominator!!
Rags are bottom dwellers…. always a problem for Bruin teams.

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Buffalo has been on a roll, NYR sinking in the standings….. so Rags won 6-2, natch. 

The joys of trying to predict sports!

Buffalo looked like they were going to have a breakthrough season last year but then they were total cack after Xmas. Hopefully for them and their long suffering fans they can see it through this time!

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Nah, keep ’em suffering. Anyone who lives in Buffalo obviously loves to suffer!!

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May they Edmonton Oiler themselves into that long winter night!

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Speaking of the Oilers, they’ve made rather a good start. Is McDavid finally going to get to play in the playoffs?!

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But their wings are so good!

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Bleah. Spent all night coughing myself awake. Now there have been an army of roadwork vehicles outside making their reverse-gear beeping sound for an hour and a half straight.

When I finally snap, it’s going to be ugly.

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Last winter the neighbor’s excavator started about 6:20 and left his back up alarm on for 20 minutes!!! I had worked late and, God knows, needed my beauty sleep. We exchanged pleasantries ( “Are you nuts? I’m tryin’ to sleep here. Fuck you! ” – “” Hey fuck you! I gotta job to do! “” ) He didn’t want to fight a mostly naked man so he delayed starts til 7 afterward.

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Ugh. Hope it gets better soon.