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:
#NHLBruins Connor Clifton will require waivers after 15 more games played – or Nov 26 versus the Habs. Things get tricky if Kevan Miller’s return is beyond that.
— Dominic Tiano (@dominictiano) October 23, 2019
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.