There has been a lot of speculation on this board and others that Clare's absence from the line up was due to issues other than injury. Something about being suspended and if I have read other threads correctly he really wasn't expected to be back next year.
I just read through a Daily article which included some Q&A with coach and one of his responses the Daily quoted Berenson as saying that Clare should be able to step in and be one of the top 5 defensemen next year.
That sounded an awful lot like Berenson was expecting Clare to be back and expecting him to be able to make a significant contribution. Now maybe I'm reading to much into that, it was just a one line thing thrown in at the bottom of his thoughts on defense, mainly centered on Merrill and Trouba.
That said is there any definitive information on Clare or is just speculation?