Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

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Notes: Caron ready to help Bruins

By JoeHaggerty
CSNNE.com

WILMINGTON, Mass. Jordan Caron never gave up his condo in Boston when he was shipped down to the Providence Bruins, and now hes able to move right back into those digs.

Caron was called back up to the Bruins Monday evening following the announcement that Marc Savard was placed on long-term injured reserve (LTIR) for the rest of the season.

We liked the way he played, coach Claude Julien said of Caron. His play dipped a little bit earlier in the year and we wanted him to get some playing time. Weve done that with a few players over the years and its really worked out well. Hes been playing well in Providence and this is a chance for him to really help us out.

The physical, skilled Caron caught Juliens eye with a strong training camp, and it was only a matter of time before hed be called back up to Boston where he could help the Bruins.

Its good to be back, and being in the NHL again is a very good feeling said Caron. If Im able to play in the game tomorrow thats going to be very exciting. Im just taking it shift by shift and trying to keep it simple. Im going to take the same approach that I always do and look at it the same way I did at the beginning of the season.

Carons value comes as a big, offensively capable, penalty killing winger who would slot in comfortably with Shawn Thornton and Gregory Campbell on the fourth line a role that never really suited Tyler Seguin when hed been forced into that role several times over the last few weeks.

Seguin broke a nine-game goal-scoring drought with a big third-period strike against the Stars last Thursday night, but has been held under 10 minutes of ice time in each of the last four games in a diminished role. It appears Julien wants to see a greater compete level from Seguin as the games and pressure ramp up post-All-Star break.

Hamill and Seguin are both highly skilled centers and thats what you should expect out of them, said Julien. One guy has a little bit more pro experience than the other one, and theres an age difference obviously. Those are guys that play the same kind of role, and if theyre competing against each other then hopefully it makes them both better.

Its a bit of a catch-22 for Seguin as he cant truly utilize his offensive skills unless hes playing a lot of minutes and getting power play time. At the same time, the Bruins need to get a gauge of Hamills NHL readiness before entertaining any deals for centers in place of a down and out Savard.

Meanwhile Hamill and Seguin were both slotted on the same forward line with Blake Wheeler and Michael Ryder, and it appears that both have been pitted in a competitive battle for playing time. With the knowledge that the Bruins want to see what Hamill can do at the NHL level and his pro experience at the AHL level, it appears that Seguin is headed for a healthy scratch against the Canadiens.

Its pretty clear that the Bruins are looking for something more out of Seguin, and part of that is getting another young player for the teenager to battle with for ice time.

Plenty of involvement for Bruins draft picks at the Beanpot tournament at TD Garden on Monday night, as Bs draft pick Tommy Cross became the hero of the game when the defenseman rocked home an overtime goal to take a 3-2 win for Boston College over arch-rival Boston University.

Johnny Boychuk chipped a puck off the boards and accidentally nailed Patrice Bergeron in the collar bone and chin after an errant bounce of the partition Tuesday at practice. Boychuk felt badly about the bad bounce, but the good news that Bergeron was okay certainly made him feel better.

I just saw him go off the ice, said Boychuk. As soon as I skated over toward him he was already going right off the ice. Just a bad bounce on the chip.

Julien is hoping David Krejci can continue to raise his level of play this month in Marc Savards absence when it appears that once again hes getting a chance to play the No. 1 center role on the Bruins.

He thrives on being relied upon and he likes those kinds of challenges. Id like to think that will happen again with Krejci, said Julien. Hes one of those guys that as the season goes on he gets better, and the more meaning for the games the better hes been playing. We need him to step his game up and play a big role for our hockey club, and hes capable of doing that. We hope it happens.

Joe Haggerty can be reached at jhaggerty@comcastsportsnet.com.Follow Joe on Twitter at http:twitter.comHackswithHaggs

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

Heinen looking to show his offense in his shot on Krejci line

BRIGHTON, Mass – The Bruins mixed things up with their roster a bit on Saturday after dropping a couple of games in a row to Washington and Colorado. 

Fourth-line energy winger Noel Acciari and playmaking forward Danton Heinen were called up from Providence and will be in the lineup against the Toronto Maple Leafs at TD Garden on Saturday night. 
Acciari went to Providence the past couple of days to get some game action in after missing the past month with a lower body injury, but clearly showed he’s ready to go. 

So, Acciari is back to provide the same hard-hitting and energy he showed before he was hurt and Heinen is looking to show off a little more offense than in his first stint with the Black and Gold this season. He’ll be featured in a top role as left wing with David Krejci and David Backes and with marching orders to shoot the puck like he never shot it in his previous stint in Boston. 

For the Bruins, it’s about getting another look at a candidate to play left wing beside Krejci with both Ryan Spooner and Tim Schaller, with limitations to their respective games, unable to fully grasp that same opportunity. 

“My hope is that Heinen can come in and give us some good hockey. He’s a skill player and he’s been down there for a while, and he’s back up again because he’s been playing well,” said Claude Julien of the Bruins rookie, who had four goals and seven points in his past five games with Providence. “Hopefully he can play well here also. It’s about getting some confidence. When he went down to [the AHL] the pace of his game had to get a little bit better, and in the battles coming up with the puck along the walls. Those are the kinds of things we thought he could work on down in Providence.”

Heinen knows he needs to shoot the puck a bit more to show off his offense after a seven-game stint with the Bruins where he went scoreless, was a minus-2 and had just six shots on net.

“Being hard on the walls, playing fast and shooting the puck, those were all things I was working on [in Providence],” said Heinen, who has seven goals and 13 points in 13 games for the P-Bruins after being assigned to Providence. “I was doing what they told me to do [in Providence] and that’s shoot the puck. They were going in, and I was getting some good opportunities on the power play. It’s seriously tough to get chances [at the NHL level], so you can’t pass them up when you have chances. That was kind of my focus down there.”

Fellow fourth-line energy winger Anton Blidh has been shipped to Providence after three solid games with the Black and Gold. 

Julien said Blidh goes back to Providence having adequately shown that he can play in the NHL. He clearly showed the Bruins that he understands his role as a player that stirs things up a bit and gets his nose dirty on a regular basis.

“[Blidh] was fine. No issues there. He does his job. He plays with lots of energy and obviously he’s getting more experience. He’s a lot better at understanding his positioning within the game and what he has to do,” said Julien. “I thought he helped us out for the time that he was here.”

With Heinen and Acciari both in the lineup and Blidh back in Providence, that means Jimmy Hayes will be scratched after dressing for three of the past four games for Boston.

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Saturday, Dec. 10: Vegas, scoring on NHL governors' minds

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while doing some early Christmas shopping ahead of the late rush. 

*Mike Zeisberger sits down with a quartet of NHL governors and discusses a number of hot topics including the Vegas franchise and scoring around the league. 

*Carolina Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos has been removed from the NHL Board of Governor’s Executive Committee amid rumors that the Canes might be a prime candidate for relocation. 

*Pierre McGuire weighs in on Connor McDavid’s war of words on the ice and Carey Price losing his mind in the crease against the New Jersey Devils. To that end, Wayne Gretzky liked seeing McDavid get a little combative at such a young age. 

*The New York Islanders signed Cal Clutterbuck to a five year contract extension, and some are skeptical it will turn out well for the Isles.

*David Pastrnak is a premier scoring threat in the league, and Scott Cullen has some details behind that. I will say this: his stock falling in the draft had less to do with his size or heaviness, and more to do with him being concussed for a long stretch of time during the year leading up to the draft. 

*The Florida Panthers are really struggling to stay positive with a 1-5-0 record since the ownership group and management decided to fire Gerard Gallant. 

*For something completely different: Baywatch stars then and now.