Everybody relax, Jordan Caron is in the fold.
According to a report, the Bruins have re-signed the winger – and popular target of Bruins fans’ ire – to a cap-friendly, $600,000, one-year contract for the upcoming season. Caron was a restricted free agent.
The underachieving Caron was a first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2009 NHL Draft, but has disappointed greatly over the parts of four seasons he has played with the Bruins, registering only 12 goals and 16 assists. Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted last month that teams were calling with interest in Caron’s availability. With a team-friendly deal like the one he just signed, that process could be accelerated.
“I think he can be a full-time player,” Chiarelli said. “I’ve gotten a couple calls on him today and I have talked to him about this. It may be that it is time for him to get a chance with another team. As I said at the draft, I’ve talked to a few teams about him and Jordan wants to stay in Boston, but he would welcome another opportunity also. So I will continue to explore those.”
The six-foot-two Quebec native turns 24 in November.