Another day and another signing for the Boston Bruins. According to Boston.com, the Bruins inked restricted free agent Jordan Caron to a one-year one-way contract worth $600,000 dollars as they continue to scrap and work around the strapped budget they have been dealing with since the beginning of the offseason.
In 2013-2014 Caron played 35 games, a little more than double the amount of contests he participated in during the lockout shortened season of 2012-2013. Caron appeared in the most playoff games of his career(7), mostly in part due to injuries to fourth line winger Daniel Paille. Caron’s number were not impressive enough to warrant a salary increase as his one-year contract is slightly less than what he was making last season.
A former first round pick(2009), Caron has spent a majority of his time in Boston drawing the ire of Bruins fans and not be able to maintain a steady roster spot with the big club. However, even though Caron has only posted 12 goals and 16 assists since being drafted; Peter Chiarelli reports teams have expressed interest in the winger during this offseason.
Although the majority of Bruins fans seem to be taking the news of Caron being re-signed as negative; there are certainly positives to be taken from the deal. Caron is only getting paid $600k, this is very much a cap friendly deal for a team that is up against it with managing their budget. There is also a growing sentiment amongst the local media that this deal could allow for a Caron trade to happen sooner rather than later.
The Bruins seem to be looking at adding skill and speed to their fourth line wing position that has been vacated due to Shawn Thornton being let go. Chances are the Bruins will try very hard to move a defensive minded winger in Caron to a team that can give him more playing team and open the door for younger and more skilled players to have a crack at that spot.