Ryan Spooner should stay in a Boston Bruins jersey. (and if so who goes?)


Dec 17, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Ryan Spooner (51) skates during the first period against the Calgary Flames at TD Banknorth Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

The Boston Bruins have had to dig deep into their AHL affiliate Bruins squad to make up for injuries, concussions, and suspensions this season. While several players have deeply impressed the Bruins organization, one player is at the top of everyone’s list on who should be the next to wear the spoked ‘B’. That player’s name is Ryan Spooner. Spooner has put in ten games for the Boston franchise this year, he’s already earned seven points in those games.

Spooner has reached the ten game plateau. This means he has to pass waivers before he can be sent back down to Providence. At the moment, with injuries and suspensions still rife amongst the team (Chris Kelly, Daniel Paille, Loui Eriksson, and Shawn Thornton), Spooner will be staying with the team for the immediate future. Those players will be returning, and it places Boston in a difficult position. Who stays in Boston, and who goes to Providence(or elsewhere)?

The most obvious answer has been staring us in the face for the past few seasons. I could go on for miles about why this player should leave, but I will leave the abridged version to a man who knows a lot more about the Bruins than I do, Joe Haggerty of Comcast Sports New England. Here’s what he believes on who should go and why.

“JORDAN CARON – A fresh start for another NHL team. It’s just not ever going to work in Boston for Caron, who is a team-worst minus-7 in only 19 games.”

That’s pretty succinct. The Bruins organization saw a lot of parallels between Caron and fellow Quebecois Patrice Bergeron. The problem is injuries occurred at the worst time for the right winger. In the nineteen games for Boston, he’s only put up a single assist for the Black and Gold. His heart’s is in the right place, but his performance hasn’t been. Caron has survived the waiver waters before, and likely would do so again. It’s probably the smartest move the team can make right now, and it would be a solid reward for the Providence player who has been climbing the ladder in production and points for the Bruins.