PHILADELPHIA – The Bruins have until Monday afternoon to make their final decision, but as of now they have extended qualifying offers to 10 of 11 restricted free agents to retain their rights. The B’s are actively shopping the restricted free agent rights to the 11th player, former first-round pick Jordan Caron, and there’s also a chance he could still be qualified by Boston before July 1.
It’s clear at this point that Caron might be best served by a fresh start elsewhere after an up-and-down four years with the Bruins. Some consistent NHL playing time could help him develop into a finished product.
“We’ve got one prepared, but we’re not sure yet,” said Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli. “He’s still young, he’s been in and out of our lineup, and in fairness to him we’ve looked for another [NHL] spot for him. It wasn’t out of the request of Jordan.
“He wants to stay in Boston, but at his age [24 in November], he also wants a chance to play on the regular basis.”
Caron had one goal and three points along with a minus-8 in 35 sporadic games last season. He has 12 goals and 28 points in 123 games for the Bruins the past four seasons after being the 25th overall pick in 2009.
The Bruins have qualified Torey Krug, Reilly Smith, Matt Bartkowski, Justin Florek, Zach Trotman, David Warsofsky, Tommy Cross, Craig Cunningham, Tyler Randell and Matt Fraser. It’s expected that all will return next season.
The Bruins haven’t entered into negotiations with RFAs Krug or Smith at this point as they focus all negotiating efforts on attempting to re-sign Jarome Iginla and keeping the current group together for at least one more season.