BOSTON -- With the NHL trade deadline looming, this can be a difficult time of the season to focus for some players and that may explain why after playing strong in the first few games after he was called up on March 8, Bruins winger Jordan Caron has struggled a bit. Caron did have an assist in the 3-2 shootout win over the Maple Leafs on Monday, but he knows he can be better and following the team’s game day skate Wednesday, Caron acknowledged that with his name being mentioned in trade rumors (specifically those concerning Flames winger Jarome Iginla coming to Boston) is hard to ignore.
“You just got to take it day-by-day,” Caron said of the rumors. “It’s hard not to pay attention to it because everybody is talking about it but at the same time there is nothing you can do about it. It is out of our control so you just have to come out here and play and we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next week or so.”
One positive he can spin out of the rumors is that another NHL team possibly values him and wants him to play for them. But as Caron said Wednesday, he’d like to stay with the team that drafted him 25th overall in the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.
“If your name is in there it means your worth something,” Caron said. “You want to play in the NHL so that’s good but for my part, I’d like to stay here and keep playing with the Bruins. But we’ll see what’s going to happen in the next week or so.”
It has been a difficult year of injuries in Providence for Caron -- who had 10 goals and 15 points in 44 games with the Baby Bruins -- and he is looking to find some consistency at the NHL level and finally stay on the Boston roster.
“I hope so and that’s what I’ve been trying to do this year but with the injuries and stuff it hasn’t been easy,” Caron said. “Right now I think I’m playing pretty well though and I’m hoping it continues.”
Bruins head coach Claude Julien said he and his staff have taken into consideration what Caron went through in Providence with injuries and so far have been satisfied with the 22-year old.
“Well, he’s had a tough year. You said it: different injuries, from getting the puck in the eye, to, I think it was a shoulder injury or something like that. So, he’s been through a lot this year,” Julien pointed out. “Every time he got himself going he had a setback. We take that into consideration and at the beginning here he was producing. But in Providence, he did a lot of the things we asked him to do. He was strong along the walls, he was taking pucks to the net more, and he was also a better net-front presence. He was working on the things we asked him to do.”