There comes that time during the off-season where you look at a pile of stats and figures and try to get into the head of your general manager. We Bruins fans have the luck of having a very shrewd GM at the wheel. The downside of this is that we occasionally get a little blindsided by some of his moves/ non-moves. A lot of the fans were screaming to trade Brad Marchand all season. That thought never entered his head. We were hoping to see Tyler Seguin for a few more years, but we lost him to the surprise trade of last year when we lost both him and Rich Peverley to Dallas. (At the moment, I still call the trade a conditional win for Boston.)
Peter Chiarelli can be a tough guy to read at times. It can be bloody frustrating to figure out his intentions, and it can play havoc on the hockey blogosphere. He’s had to juggle a lot of players coming into the bottom half of the off-season. The Bruins have yet to sign Torey Krug or Reilly Smith to a contract. While I still like a lot of the players on the Bruins roster, there a few that will be going before October. The organization can’t keep them and stay under the cap.
Looking at the most recent moves, a thought has entered my mind that has refused to go away. (Believe me, I’d like this one to disappear.) I got this odd idea that Peter Chiarelli is going to try one more year of the Jordan Caron experiment. The Bruins organization were really hoping that Caron would turn out to be another Patrice Bergeron (Seriously though, who COULD be another Bergeron?). Caron’s career has been hampered and delayed by injuries and one very inconvenient lock-out. The Black and Gold spent more time on making him a useful part of the team than ‘party-hearty Seguin’.
The organization signed him to a one year $600,000 dollar contract earlier this month. That’s barely above league minimum. The Bruins will probably have a flurry of trades coming up just before or after training camp. From the pieces of the puzzle I’ve put together so far, it seems pretty clear that the Bruins may be trading away some of their AHL potential. I don’t see Caron being part of any of those trades. With the salary cap so tight for the organization, I see them making the best of a bad situation. Jordan Caron will survive long enough for him to get a shot to get one of the empty slots on the fourth line.
Who knows? If the right players are out of the mix and Caron plays his heart out, he might actually make the team outright this season.