The Boston Bruins didn't accomplish everything they wanted prior to Monday's trade deadline, but general manager Peter Chiarelli is pleased with the additions and believes the team can become a Stanley Cup contender again this season.
"We've tried to improve the team. We feel we've improved the team, and we hope for a good run coming up," Chiarelli said.
In a separate deal, the Bruins acquired forward Zack Phillips from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for forward Jared Knight.
Talbot, 31, had five goals and 10 assists in 63 games for the Avalanche. His salary-cap hit is $1.8 million but the Avalanche will retain half of his salary for the remainder of this season and all of next.
Caron, the 24-year-old first-rounder (No. 25 in 2009) never reached the potential the Bruins had hoped to see. In 134 career games with Boston, Caron recorded 12 goals and 16 assists for 28 points.
The deal was struck about 30 minutes before the 3 p.m. ET deadline. In the early morning hours Monday, the Bruins also acquired forward Brett Connolly from Tampa Bay in exchange for the Bruins' second-round picks in 2015 and 2016.
"I see a top-six forward and then if you look at all his goals, he's a shooter," Chiarelli said. "I think he's a shooter first. He's a net-front guy. He'll go and get goals at the top of the blue. He's a rangy guy. He makes plays but he's a shoot-first guy. I really like his release and he's young and he's growing. He's going to be a top-six player."
Talbot is described as having an infectious personality and will add another veteran presence for the Bruins. He can be an effective bottom-six forward and will help with the penalty kill.
"Competes hard," said a coach of a Western Conference team. "He's been through a lot of battles. He will be a good depth forward for the Bruins, and his experience will help as they push for a playoff spot. He finishes his checks and stirs the pot. He's a real good pro."
Chiarelli described Talbot as a veteran presence that will add to the core group both on and off the ice.
"I talked to Max earlier today, and he's excited to come here," Chiarelli said. "I would characterize him as a glue guy who has played in a lot of playoffs, plays all three positions, is a gritty guy, plays all-out, and we believe he's a good add to our forward group."
When asked if Connolly reminded him of Rick Nash, Chiarelli said there are similarities.
"Obviously if he turned into Rick Nash that would be great," Chiarelli said. "This is a high-pedigree player and they have a lot of offensive players in Tampa and they have a lot of right-wingers and that's why he was available. As I said we felt it would be a good add, not because -- there's a future for him here. We've done rental players and they've worked and some haven't. The fact that you're adding to bolster your group is a positive thing and we felt this is the right way."
Carey, 26, a former Boston College Eagle, has played 10 games for Colorado this season with one assist. Overall, he's played 22 games in the NHL for the Avalanche. He's spent the majority of his pro career in the AHL with the Lake Erie Monsters, recording 40 goals and 49 assists in 171 games.
Phillips, 22, has played in 49 games for the Iowa Wild this season, recording seven goals and eight assists. The forward has appeared in 196 AHL games and has 27 goals and 48 assists for 75 points.