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Bruins re-sign Caron: one year, $640,000

Jul 19, 2013, 1:12 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.
(March 31, 2012 - Source: Chris Trotman/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

The Boston Bruins have re-upped with restricted free agent Jordan Caron on a one-year, $640,000 deal, according to CSNNE’s Joe Haggerty.

Caron, 22, was Boston’s first-round pick (25th overall) at the 2009 Entry Draft, but has yet to emerge as a full-time contributor at the NHL level.

His best season came in 2011-12, when he posted career highs across the board — games (48), goals (seven), points (15) — making his postseason debut in the process.

This year, though, Caron appeared to take a step back.

He dressed for just 17 regular-season contests, scoring once, and didn’t play a single game for the Bruins in the playoffs.

As such, Caron took a sizable pay cut — he was making $1.1 million annually on his entry-level contract — and it looks as though GM Peter Chiarelli engineer a “prove-it” deal with Caron, much like he did with Tuukka Rask.

Rask, you’ll recall, was signed last summer to a one-year, $3.5 million extension, designed for him to show the Bruins he was capable of being the club’s full-time No. 1 netminder.

The Finn did that and more, backstopping the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Final. His reward? An eight-year, $56 million contract signed last week.

  1. dolanster - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    He proved he didn’t belong in the NHL last year. Going to have to be a drastic improvement for him to make me feel okay about him occupying a regular spot in 2013-14. He’s likely to spend most of the year in Providence, where that salary feels right.

    • nosefacekillah - Jul 20, 2013 at 8:23 AM

      This is a one-way deal. Caron is guaranteed to make the full $640K. Last year he only made his salary at $1M when he played in Boston. When in Providence he made $67K. So Caron made $170K playing in Boston last year and about $30K the rest of the year (short year). This is a huge jump in salary for him and pretty much locks him in on the 3rd line. The baby B’s had 5 guys over $100K last year with Trent Whitfield leading the way at $235K. No way Caron plays for any length in RI at $640K.

      • dolanster - Jul 20, 2013 at 9:43 AM

        Well, he’s going to have to earn a 3rd line spot with Julien, not Chia. If he doesn’t show marked improvement from last year he’s gonna be shipped out or watching more games from the press box than the bench. He a liability. At least he won’t be on the ice at the same time as Pandolfo again.

  2. soj83 - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Caron is a good player, should fit in great on the 3rd line with Kelly and Soderberg. He isn’t afraid to go into the corners and is a good defensive winger (he was paired with Bergeron on the top PK unit his rookie year). I don’t think he will be a top line, goal scoring winger, but he fits the Bruins perfectly as a bottom 6 forward. He would have had the 3rd line winger spot over Bourque if he didn’t have a broken wrist when the season started.

  3. dboldave - Jul 19, 2013 at 2:49 PM

    Everyone who played on that 3rd line last year seemed to suck. I think that right before Kelly got hurt it was him, Peverley and Caron playing together and they didn’t look that bad so I guess that is a positive way to look at it!

  4. mpops86 - Jul 19, 2013 at 3:04 PM

    More like a “you’re lucky we desperately need a cheap, warm body” contract from Peter Chiarelli.

    I don’t know what happened to Caron, but his numbers have regressed and he hasn’t stuck with the team in numerous opportunities. He had 18 points in 47 AHL games last year but 15 points in 48 NHL games the year before.

    He’s a bust at the NHL level. Not even trade bait.

  5. pastabelly - Jul 19, 2013 at 7:53 PM

    One of the reasons they fired the scouting director.

  6. BurkieInBoston - Jul 20, 2013 at 11:43 AM

    If the top 10 forwards stay healthy, the final 2 spots on 3rd line w/Kelly should come down to Soderberg, Reilly Smith, Caron, Nick Johnson, Matt Fraser, Ryan Spooner, Carter Camper, Craig Cunningham, & Jared Knight. I think Soderberg & Smith emerge winners when all is said and done. It will be interesting to see how Caron plays now that his roommate Seguin has been traded away.

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