Caron becoming big man at P-Bruins camp

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Caron becoming big man at P-Bruins camp

NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. Its got to be a little strange to be Jordan Caron these days. The Bruins forward had appeared to carve out a third line role for himself with a great final month to the NHL season playing with energy and effectiveness while so many of his teammates looked fatigued around him. But the NHL lockout has wiped out this years Boston Bruins training camp and now the 21-year-old Caron finds himself as one of the more notable skaters in AHL training camp with the Providence Bruins.

Caron is with the P-Bruins because he falls under the minimum games played required for waivers to be sent to the AHL and similarly to fellow Quebecois forward Patrice Bergeron during the 2004-05 lockout Caron will spend the duration of this lockout in Providence.

Its a little strange for Caron, who was a Charlestown roommate with Tyler Seguin last season, but hes in Providence to do a job and keep his roster spot warm in Boston when the NHL finally starts playing games.

Its a little bit different, admitted Caron. Its a little bit later than normal training camp too. We had fitness testing this morning and then we got right out onto the ice. Essentially its all the same thing. Its just with different guys.

I think being in game shape is going to be important. I know a lot of the NHL guys dont have leagues to play in right now, so its not too fun for them. I feel pretty lucky to be here in a real training camp and to get the season started. I just want to be a part of the team and help them win.

Caron set career highs with the seven goals, eights assists and 15 points in 48 games with Boston last season, and finished with 10 points and a plus-3 in his final 20 games of the season with the Bruins. That performance opened the door for the Bruins to trade third line winger Benoit Pouliot, and gave the former first round pick the inside track on the starting job this season.

That should still be the case for Caron once the NHL gets moving. But in the meantime Chiarelli is looking to see more consistency and dominance out of Caron at the AHL level after some hard working skating with Patrice Bergeron and Antoine Vermette this summer in Quebec.

Caron said once again he was working on foot speed and quickening his skating stride this summer, and his GM sees results.

He looks like hes moving well and hes driving the net, said Chiarelli. Year to year with these young guys, when they do the work you can tell with the way they handle themselves. Certainly I saw that with Jordan, and so far so good.

Its only been one day for Caron, but its a good start for a forward that will have a lot more eyes on him now than he would have if Boston had normal NHL training camp.

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

Bruins don't extend qualifying offer to Joe Morrow

With free agency just around the corner, the Bruins have officially cut ties with former first-round pick and last bastion of the Tyler Seguin trade, Joe Morrow.

The 24-year-old Edmonton native arrived in Boston along with Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith and Matt Fraser in exchange for Seguin when he was shipped to Dallas, and now all of those players have moved on from Boston as well. Boston does still carry Jimmy Hayes on their roster, a player traded from Florida in exchange for Smith, as a last remnant of the Seguin deal, but it isn't expected to be too long before Hayes moves on from Boston as well.  

The B’s announced on Monday afternoon that they hadn’t extended a qualifying offer to Morrow, as well as P-Bruins power forward Colton Hargrove, as a restricted free agent, and that both B’s youngsters were now free to sign with any of the 30 NHL teams as free agents.

The Bruins extended qualifying offers to restricted free agents in Noel Acciari, Linus Arnesson, Austin Czarnik, Zane McIntyre, David Pastrnak, Tim Schaller, Ryan Spooner and Malcolm Subban, and will retain the associated team rights with all of those players. Negotiations are ongoing between the Bruins and Pastrnak continue over a long term deal that would put him in the same $6 million plus per season level as teammate Brad Marchand, but one source with knowledge of the negotiations indicated it’s “not close” to being a done deal.

Some RFA’s like Spooner and Subban might not necessarily fit into the long term plan for the Black and Gold, but they need to maintain their rights if they hope to trade them as valued assets down the line.

Morrow never put together the talent that made him a former first-round pick while he was in Boston, and totaled just one assist in 17 games for the B’s before playing well in five playoff games after getting pushed into duty due to injuries. In all Morrow finished with two goals and nine points along with a minus-8 rating in 65 games over three seasons in Boston, but could never string together an extended run of consistent play at the NHL level.

With the Bruins in the market to bring on another left-shot defenseman into the Boston fold this summer, it was pretty clear that the time had come to move on from Morrow while allowing him to potentially develop as an NHL D-man elsewhere.