Former first-round pick Jordan Caron is extending his tenure with the Boston Bruins (for now at least), after receiving a qualifying offer from the team this afternoon to the tune of roughly $700,000 if he accepts the deal. It would represent a raise for Caron after another tough season in Boston. He played in only 35 games, and recorded three points and 36 penalty minutes. He also found time in the playoffs, scoring a goal in seven games in the Bruins’ short postseason run. Caron has yet to play over 50 games in a NHL season, and has a combined 28 points in 123 games. So, why have the Bruins made an effort to resign him? I have no idea.
After being drafted with the 25th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft, Caron had his best season in a Boston in 2011-12, putting up 15 points in 48 games. But since then, he has been back and forth between Boston and Providence, struggling to find regular time in the lineup. Caron’s style is not yet fully developed at the professional level. He has played on the third and fourth lines in his tenure with the Bruins, but he does not completely fit in either role. Caron lacks the scoring touch and overall speed to play on a scoring line, and is not physical enough to play on a checking line.
So without a defined role, and a team up against the salary cap like the Bruins, why in the world would Peter Chiarelli attempt to re-sign the 23-year-old? According to the Herald News of Fall River, Mass. the Bruins may be thinking of including Caron in any trades that come the team’s way this offseason. If some team were to take Caron off Boston’s hands, fine. His small salary is not one that would break the bank, but his role as 12th or 13th forward can be filled in by a long list of characters with more potential than Caron. He was benched for Matt Fraser in the playoffs, and Fraser looked more comfortable in the NHL than Caron. It’s time to part ways with the former first-rounder, and seek another forward elsewhere.