Caron 'a little nervous' entering NHL trade deadline

Caron 'a little nervous' entering NHL trade deadline
March 5, 2014, 2:30 am
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BOSTON – Jordan Caron wasn’t going to deny he’s “a little nervous” with the trade deadline looming on Wednesday afternoon. The 23-year-old former first round pick is most likely in his final year with the Boston Bruins while struggling as the team’s 13th forward, and the sense is that Boston’s front office will do whatever they can to salvage an asset approaching free agency.

One half-suspected of the big reasons behind Caron’s presence in the Bruins lineup was so scouts could get a fresh look at a player that’s been stuck on the bench for more than a month. Perhaps the promising 12:18 of ice time was enough for another NHL GM to sign off on giving Caron a better shot in a now environment, but the winger isn’t even sure he wants to leave Boston.

“Of course, I’m a little bit nervous, but that’s out of my control. I’ll try to get some sleep tonight, and we’ll see what’s going to happen tomorrow,” said Caron. “I’ve been here for four years now. I know everyone and we have a great bunch of guys, so it will be interesting what’s going to happen tomorrow.

“It’s completely out of my control so I’m going to try not to think about it too much tonight and wait until 3:30 [p.m. tomorrow].”

In addition to the assist with a shot on net and blocked another four shots in an effort where Caron truly filled out the scoresheet. Caron responded with his best effort in recent weeks while notching an assist on Jarome Iginla’s goal in a 4-1 win for the Black and Gold.

“You try not to think about [potential trades], but obviously it’s your career and it would be a big change,” said Caron. “Of course I was trying not to think about it, but it’s pretty much impossible. I was just trying to take it shift by shift. Go all out every shift and the rest is out of my control, so we’ll see.”

The Bruins forward did suffer through a pair of penalties, but was strong, smart and aggressive enough while using his leverage to play tough along the boards against bigger, stronger opponents. Maybe that was enough to get Bruins management to deal Caron for a high round draft pick, or have Caron included in a bigger deal where an NHL team is looking for a big-bodied, rugged defender.

Caron is technically all of those things as an underachieving first rounder that Claude Julien has routinely placed in his back pocket for future endeavors.  

“I thought he played well. I thought he played hard. He — obviously Iggy’s [Jarome Iginla’s] goal is a result of his hard work and shot at the net, and bringing the puck up the ice,” said Claude Julien, “You know, he was very physical and he grinded, he skated well. For a guy who hadn’t played in a long time, I thought he was really good for us tonight. I really liked his game.”

The question remains how much other teams around the NHL value Caron’s game after a 23-game scoreless game streak was snapped that dates back to the first month of the season.