The Boston Bruins are going to need to get extra creative if they want to remain under the cap ceiling when the puck drops on opening night. The organization was unable to make any big moves to replace Jarome Iginla due to their cap problems. Those problems also forced the Bruins to let go Chad Johnson, the B’s backup goaltender who had proved his worth in Boston.
How will the Bruins make ends meet going into October? They’ll have to trade a few people away. It’s safe to say whoever doesn’t give 110% in next month’s training camp will find themselves on waivers, the AHL, or traded. (One or two of them could fall in ti multiple categories.) There will be players that most people won’t expect to see suiting up in that jersey on opening night.
If the Bruins are looking for those cheap players that can somehow make a difference at their low price tag, then Jordan Caron has the capacity to be the ‘X Factor’ in the Boston Bruins this season. No, I don’t think he’s going to have a season that is comparable to Steven Stamkos, Sidney Crosby, or David Krejci. What I do see happening is another season of Caron in the Black and Gold sweater.
I’m completely serious.
Jordan Caron will be making next to league minimum this year. That’s a price tag the organization can work with. The salary cap will be going up five or six million(or more)next year. That will give the Bruins some maneuvering room to keep players whose contract will be coming up. For now, Caron has the right price tag to hang around for one more year.
Caron will throw everything he has into this season. The writing is on the wall in Boston, and he knows he’s playing for his NHL career. If Caron gets put on waivers, it’s likely he will spend his career in the AHL (or as an assistant manager of the local Home Depot). He knows he’ll have to play the entire season with a rockets on his skates if he wants to stay in Boston (or the league for that matter). That kind of desperation will drive him to have a great training camp and a decent year.
Caron is not a bad player. His greatest sin was not living up to the billing of ‘another Patrice Bergeron‘. The last game he played in was in the playoffs against the Detroit Red Wings. It was his best game of the year. Caron played up to his potential and should have been one of the three stars of the night. He’s got the ability in him. His career has just been a series of bad circumstances timed with unlucky breaks. The organization (to a certain extent) knows this, and that’s the big reason why they signed him for a one-year deal.