The Boston Bruins had a full team practice between game days, but with a familiar face back up with the parent club. Jordan Caron was called up from AHL Providence, which is also where Chris Bourque was assigned today after clearing waivers.
Caron has been on the parent club’s lineup before. Last season, he spent a total of 48 games up with Boston, putting up seven goals and eight assists in that span.
He sustained a shoulder injury while playing with the P-Bruins during the NHL lockout and was originally supposed to join Boston’s abbreviated training camp and try to get a role on the third line. It didn’t work out like that, though. Then, not long after returning to Providence’s lineup from that injury, he took a 90 mph slap shot to the face. There are pictures on the Internet of it and it’s kind of gruesome–lots of swelling, a fair amount of blood and a black eye.
So he hasn’t exactly been lucky avoiding the injury bug this season, to say the least. (Related note: it’s also more difficult to find information about injured AHL players.) But when he’s in good health and able to play, he’s played 44 games, scoring 10 goals and five assists. He, Ryan Spooner and Kyle MacKinnon each have 10 goals, tying them in third for team scoring behind Torey Krug (February’s AHL rookie of the month) and onetime Boston call-up Jamie Tardif.
At practice, Caron said he was looking forward to the chance to play in Boston again and seeking improvement. Is he going to be in tomorrow when the Bruins face the Philadelphia Flyers? Coach Claude Julien didn’t give a straight yes or no answer, instead deferring to the time-honored answer of “we’ll see.”
Improvement and increased confidence is also what is being sought by sending Bourque back down a level.
“We had interest [in him] at the beginning of the year and we still do now,” Julien said.
As the P-Bruins try to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2008-09 season, Bourque may actually be better served by there for right now. He’s been on two Calder Cup-winning teams in two consecutive years, was the 2010 AHL playoffs MVP and scores prolifically during the postseason (five goals and 16 assists in 2009, seven goals and 20 assists in 2010).
“We’re going to find whatever way we need to, to make our team better,” Julien said about bringing in Caron and sending down Bourque.