Julien: B's giving Caron an opportunity

In discussing the roster shuffle that saw Jordan Caron recalled from Providence and Chris Bourque sent down after clearing waivers, Bruins coach Claude Julien explained that any changes to the lineup are not solely to improve the team’s third line, which has struggled for the majority of the season.

“We’re trying to improve our team and we’re going to find whatever way we need to, to make our team better,” Julien said at Friday's practice in Wilmington.

The coach wouldn’t say whether Caron would be in the lineup against the Flyers on Saturday.

During the lockout, Julien spent a lot of time watching games in Providence, and the most recent scouting report he received on Caron was a positive one.

“From what I’ve been told, he’s been really good the last five or six games,” Julien said. “He’s a player that’s been here and has some experience, so you send a guy down and bring somebody else up. We’re trying to improve our team and we’re going to give those guys an opportunity to show that they belong here or they don’t.”

Caron has played 71 career games in the NHL with the Bruins. Last season, he played 17 games and recorded seven goals and eight assists.

“I thought he played pretty well at the end of last year,” Julien said. “He’s a big body. He’s strong along the walls. We asked him to do some things in Providence this year, take pucks to the net and go to the net and he’s done that. It’s about giving him that opportunity now to show us he’s gotten better.”

Caron hasn’t had the best of luck this season. He suffered an upper-body injury the weekend the NHL lockout ended and missed more than a week.

“He had to work on his consistency, and he starts finding his game and he gets injured, so it’s been one of those years for Jordan where he’s had a couple of nasty injuries that set him back,” Julien said. “That’s tough sometimes when you’re in and out, in and out, to get yourself on a roll. He’s been playing well the last half dozen games, so that’s why they’re giving him an opportunity to come here and maybe give him a chance to play.”