The Boston Bruins signed restricted free agent winger Jordan Caron to a one-year contract worth a reported $600,000 Wednesday.
Boston drafted the 23-year-old in the first-round of the 2009 draft. He’s appeared in games at the NHL level each year since 2011. Caron is big and possesses many of the tools needed to be a solid two-way player, buy he’s just struggled to find his way since coming up from the AHL.
He’s taken many bad penalties and is susceptible to turning the puck over. Regardless of that, the Bruins have shown great patience with the youngster. Peter Chiarelli’s signing of Caron suggests the team still has hopes that he’ll blossom into the player he was once projected to be — a top six scoring forward.
Caron is guranteed to receive an NHL-level salary having agreed to a one-way contract. He’ll have to clear waivers if the team chooses to demote him at any time. It would come as no surprise if Boston ultimately does decide to place him on waivers given his past performances.
In 35 games last season, Caron scored just one goal and had 2 assists. He was a plus-8 with 36 penalty minutes. He spent most of his team skating on the team’s bottom lines, averaging 10:55 of ice time in those games.
He’ll yet again be given a legitmate chance to prove himself given Boston’s lack of depth at the right wing position. Don’t expect him to contribute on a top line. He’s destined for bottom six duties.
Caron was the last Bruins player to be tendered a qaulifying offer prior to the June 3o deadline.