Jordan Caron gets lucky and becomes Boston Bruins 13th forward
The Boston Bruins season is three short days away. Amid the anticipation of seeing the new first and second lines light it up against the Tampa Bay Lightning, confusion about Claude Julien’s third line decisions has already begun.
It was announced on Sunday evening that Nick Johnson, who lead the Boston Bruins with 4 goals this preseason, had been put on waivers for purpose of assignment to the Providence Bruins.
Headed to Providence alongside Johnson will be forwards Matt Fraser, Matt Linblad, Ryan Spooner and goaltender Nicklas Svedberg.
Johnson’s departure from the big league will seemingly make 22-year-old winger Jordan Caron the thirteenth forward on the Bruins bench.
This season is do or die for Jordan Caron who seems to have made the team more out of a technicality rather than a display of improved performance.The Bruins front office seems to think they have a better chance of holding on to Nick Johnson than they would if they had waived Caron. When asked about making the cut for the 2013-2014 season, Caron seemed just as surprised as the rest of us.
This guy was definitely sweating over Spooner and Johnson showing up and killing it this preseason. Reilly Smith, who came over with Loui Erikkson from the Dallas Stars, locked up that right wing spot pretty quick during the preseason, making Caron’s departure to the waiver wire a forgone conclusion in the eyes of Bruins fans everywhere. Now, with Carl Soderberg nursing a lower-body injury after hitting an ice rut in last Friday’s game against the Winnipeg Jets, Caron could very well be manning the left wing on the third line when the Boston Bruins open the season against the Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday night.
Head Coach Claude Julien seems less concerned about the loss of a proven offensive player in Nick Johnson, recently touting the *cough* improvement of Jordan Caron:
I’m going to allow myself a month of patience with Caron before I start to call for his head on a pike. Julien needs to calm down on the steady, grind-it-out, defense first, third line garbage and keep his kid on a short leash. I nearly stroked-out five or six times watching the third line last year. The Boston Bruins cannot afford to depend on the first and second lines to generate all of the offense for this team. If Jordan Caron does not make the most of of this unbelievably lucky break he got and light the lamp a few times, I say, let him walk and bring up the guys that have proven they are ready for the NHL.