Bruins opening things up for Caron

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Bruins opening things up for Caron

While it appeared the writing was on the wall for Benoit Pouliot and the Bruins, one of the biggest factors in his move to the Tampa Bay Lightning was the rise of rookie winger Jordan Caron.

The 20-year-old former first round pick was one of Bostons best forwards down the home stretch of the regular season as others battled fatigue and injuries, and he has earned himself a longer look going into training camp.

Pouliot stood in the way of Carons progress given that both were earmarked for third line winger roles, and Caron is coming off career-highs in goals (seven), assists (eight) and points (15) heading into a show it to me kind of season.

So its clear the Bruins and GM Peter Chiarelli want to see Caron get a chance to develop as a potential power forward while cutting ties with a player in Pouliot they werent going to bringing back.

We want to leave some flexibility, spacenot cap space or anything. I call it development space for Jordan Caron to kind of blossom and grow a little bit more as a player, said Chiarelli. The Pouliot trade does this.

Now if we add a player down the line the rest of the summer, we still feel had we kept Ben Benoit Pouliot and added another player, it really wouldve boxed out Caron so thats reason one.

The Bruins are still searching for a Mark Recchi-type forward once the free-agency period opens on July 1, and that could mean Caron has some veteran competition for a forward spot in September. But that will be a good old-fashioned training camp battle that should bring the best out of both Caron and whatever veteran finds himself in the Bs mix.

If Caron can get what Pouliot got I would be happy. Hes a bigger body. He came on toward the end of last year. Hes put some time in the minors. He knows whats important in his game and what he has to focus on, said Chiarelli. So you know its about the latter stages of development for Jordan and he really knows what we want him to work on and he started doing that. Hes a younger guy and you have to give him a chance.

If a certain player at a certain price falls in our lap, then weve got to do it. Then once again on its face it looks were boxing out Jordan for a roster spot. But thats the way the cookie crumblesif you can improve yourself you do it.

While both Joe Corvo and Pouliot looked solid statistically last season with the Bruins, its no coincidence Boston has moved on from both players after they committed costly mistakes for the team at different points last season.

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Friday, Dec. 9: John Scott calls it quits

Here are all the links from around the hockey world and what I’m reading while digging the Spider-Man trailer that dropped last night. 

*John Scott has finally called it a day and announced his retirement, and apparently there’s a book of his memoirs also coming out too. I’m predicting it’s not headed for the New York Times best seller list. 

*Winter Olympics participation and the CBA negotiations for the NHL are starting to merge into giant issue.  

*Connor McDavid calls the Flyers' Brandon Manning classless for telling him on the ice that he purposefully tried to hurt him last season. Some players might also take issue with McDavid making public what another player said to him on the ice. That’s kind of a no-no for most hockey players and breaks an unwritten rule that McDavid might think he’s above given his star status. This whole thing isn’t a good look for anybody. 

*Kevin Stevens pleads guilty to federal drug charges in what’s become a pretty sad situation for the former NHL star. 

*New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist is beginning to raise questions with his play, and his massive price tag. 

*Youngsters Zach Weresnki and Dylan Larkin took similar paths to the NHL, and are both considered part of the talented young generation full of hockey stars. 

*PHT writer Joey Alfieri has Carey Price taking a nutty on Kyle Palmieri after the player crashed into his crease last night. Price is being celebrated for sticking up for himself, but if another goalie did that to a Habs player at the Bell Centre, there would already be a warrant out for his arrest. Play it both ways, Montreal!  

*For something completely different: here’s the aforementioned new Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer that looks pretty darn good. 

 

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

Two more Pastrnak goals pull him into tie for NHL lead with Crosby

BOSTON – While the loss to the Avalanche on Thursday night was a monumental dud, it put another dazzling display on the hockey resume of David Pastrnak. 

The 20-year-old star right winger scored two more goals in the 4-2 loss at TD Garden and nearly brought the Bruins back into the game by himself before another defensive breakdown at the end of the second period doomed them. 

Instead, Pastrnak had to settle with being the proud owner of 18 goals scored in 23 games that places him in a tie with NHL superstar Sidney Crosby for the NHL lead in goals. 

The goals also showed his wide range of lethal offensive skills. On the first score, he just broke away from the Avalanche defense and managed to bury a second-effort breakaway chance after a nice Tim Schaller stretch pass off the boards. The second goal was a straight one-timer bomb from the high slot off a slick setup pass from Brad Marchand in the corner, and it had the Bruins right back into the mix after a dreadful first period. 

It wasn’t enough when the B’s defense faltered again toward the end of the second period, but it was enough for everybody to be singing Pastrnak’s praises once again following the loss. 

“He’s a game changer. The momentum is going the other way, and he has the ability to break away on any given shift and score a big goal for us. He did that tonight,” said Torey Krug. “We can’t just keep relying on the same guys to score goals. We’ve got to come up with secondary offense, and I know every other guy wants to do that. 

“Now it’s about showing that on the ice and making sure we’re doing the work and getting better and proving to ourselves. But Pasta [David Pastrnak] has been great for us so far, and we’re obviously lucky to have him.”

The 18 goals barely two months into the season are not too shabby for a kid, in his third NHL season, who just now coming into his own. He’s nearly halfway to 40 before Christmas. For Pastrnak, however, it’s about the team result and he wasn’t overly satisfied with his two goals in a losing effort. 

“I’ve said before the season that our goal is to make the playoffs and to have that experience and have the chance to win the Stanley Cup. I’m still focusing on that,” said Pastrnak, who has yet to experience the Stanley Cup playoffs in his two-plus seasons with the Black and Gold. “We have zero points from tonight’s game and we have to move on. I think our game gets better in the second and third periods, you know, and we have to regroup and get ready for Saturday’s game.”

The Bruins will undoubtedly regroup and once again count on another Pastrnak offensive explosion to help lead the way in what’s become a truly spectacular season for the youngster.