Very limited sample so far, but Florek has looked like a guy with a future on the fourth line. He's not a guy like Caron who "should" be playing higher up the roster, even if that just means the third line. Florek, on the other hand, has never really had a scorer's profile. He's a fifth rounder who went undrafted until he was 20 (a last chancer, like Cunningham) who was nearly a point/game player in his senior year, so he has to have at least some stick skills, but whose primary qualifications are size and good skating for the forecheck. I think he's done well enough to be in the team's longer term plans for that fourth line. In fact, I'd go as far as to say he looks like the best fit for third/fourth line succession planning we've seen out of Providence. (Spooner, Camper, even Cunningham are not hard charging energy liners; he's a better fit than Caron and a better player than MacDermid was.) Thornton will play, but if I was the coach, I'd keep feeding this kid ice until he stopped proving he deserves it. And, not that it matters - he has 2 points in 3 games. Better than SweetHands and Caron in a fraction of the games; tied with Fraser; one point behind Thornton in 24 fewer games. If the point is energy line guys who play the role and can also chip in, he's chipping.
Smith's cooled off - 2 points and a -4 in his last 6 games. Eriksson comes back to his spot, Smith with Spooner and Soderberg, Fraser to the minors where he, I hope, processes what he's learned about playing in the NHL (he now has 27 games of experience) and comes back a better player for it. Caron should go down, but Florek will at least until after the Olympics when moves get made. I don't think Caron is long for Boston at this stage. He's either gone straight up for Yandle (from what I hear around here) or they expose him to waivers to send him down and either lose him or watch him play in Providence.