Chiarelli fielding offers for Caron

BOSTON -- It appears Boston Bruins forward Jordan Caron could be playing elsewhere next season.

During a 30-minute conference call with reporters, Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli admitted other organizations have contacted him about the possibility of acquiring Caron’s services.

The Bruins tendered Caron a qualifying offer, which means Boston is subject to draft-choice compensation and has the right to match an offer from another organization.

“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.”

If Caron remains in Boston, Chiarelli said he would have to earn a spot on the roster. The GM also explained that he sees four or five players already in the organization vying for two forward positions next season, including Caron, Matt Fraser, Ryan Spooner, Alexander Khokhlachev, Bobby Robins and Justin Florek.

Caron, a first-round pick (25th overall) in the 2009 draft, has played a total of 132 games in parts of four seasons with the Bruins and has registered 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points. He spent much of last season as a healthy scratch, but still played 35 games during the regular season and seven during the playoffs.