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Bourque clears waivers, Bruins recall Caron

Mar 8, 2013, 1:31 PM EDT

Jordan Caron #38 of the Boston Bruins is challenged by Marc Staal #18 of the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on April 1, 2012 in New York City.
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The Bruins will have a new look on Saturday against Philadelphia as forward Chris Bourque will be replaced on the active roster by Jordan Caron.

Bourque cleared waivers on Friday and was assigned to AHL Providence, allowing the B’s to recall Caron.

Caron, 22, was Boston’s first-round selection (25th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. He’s spent the last two seasons going up and down between Boston and Providence, setting NHL career highs last season in games (48), goals (seven), assists (eight) and points (15).

It looks as though Caron will soon make his regular-season debut, possibly replacing Bourque on Boston’s third line alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

The line has struggled mightily this year — especially Kelly, who has one goal in 21 games with a minus-7 rating — and the hope is that a Caron-for-Bourque switch will spark the unit.

“Obviously Bourque is a great player. Rich and I want to succeed,” Kelly told CSNNE. “We wanted to succeed with Bourque and we want to succeed with every player on our line.

“For some reason the bounces weren’t going in, and when it rains it pours.”

CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty reports from B’s practice that it’ll either be Caron or veteran Jay Pandolfo on the third line with Peverley and Kelly.

  1. lordstanley65 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:59 PM

    This is a real shame. How cool was it to see that name on a B’s jersey again? The pedigree just didn’t hold true. He’s one of these guys who did really well in the AHL, but just couldn’t transition to the big time here. I don’t think Kelley and Peverley slumping did him any good either. Oh well, good luck in Providence,Chris. Bring on Caron…for now.

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