Calm down, Bruins fans. Your favorite player, Jordan Caron, has been re-signed.
The Bruins announced today that they have reached an agreement on a one-year contract worth $600,000 to bring Caron back to Boston. This is a cap-friendly deal for a team that is not exactly in the best cap situation, but moving him via trade is still not out of the question.
Earlier in the offseason, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli admitted he had received some calls from other teams regarding Caron, and that it may be time for the underachieving winger to move on and get the opportunity to play elsewhere.
“I’ve gotten a couple calls on him today and I have talked to him about this. It may be that it is time for him to get a chance with another team. As I said at the draft, I’ve talked to a few teams about him and Jordan wants to stay in Boston, but he would welcome another opportunity also. So I will continue to explore those.”
With Caron signing for less money than his last contract (coming off a one-year deal worth $640,000), those calls may begin to trickle in again. Despite not living up to his hype as a 25th overall draft pick, Caron is sound defensively and could get a full-time job on a team in need of a third or fourth line right wing who can kill penalties. He has shown brief flashes of offensive talent, but has been a major disappointment to B's fans, totaling only 12 goals and 16 assists in 123 games for the Black and Gold.
In my opinion (and one I share with many Bruins fans), it is time for Caron to move on. Trade him to a team that could use him, because we don't need him. We have plenty of forwards who are responsible defensively, and have forwards in Providence who are ready to produce at the NHL level in Ryan Spooner, Matt Fraser, Justin Florek, and Alexander Khokhlachev. Something the B's are lacking is speed. If they want to get faster, Caron is not the answer, as he strongly lacks foot speed. He is only 23-years-old, but after four disappointing seasons with the Bruins and no signs of improvement, let him go, Chiarelli.