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Friday, March 8, 2013
Bruins recall forward Caron

By Joe McDonald

A day after placing forward Chris Bourque on waivers, the Boston Bruins Friday recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence of the AHL in an attempt to find more stability in the lineup.

Caron participated in practice at Ristuccia Arena Friday afternoon as the Bruins prepare to host the Philadelphia Flyers Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at TD Garden. Caron has spent the entire season with the P-Bruins and has scored 10 goals with five assists for 15 points in 44 games, including a minus-6 rating.

If Bruins coach Claude Julien decides to insert Caron into the lineup, he would likely play on the third line along with Rich Peverley and Chris Kelly.

Bourque cleared waivers today and he’ll be in the P-Bruins’ lineup against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday night at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence.

“This is not a coach’s decision, this is an organization’s decision,” Julien said after Thursday’s 4-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs. “It wasn’t an easy one because we know the type of person Chris is, and he’s a great player. Just because right now we’re waving him, we’re certainly hoping not to lose him and his time here is not over.

“He knows it took a little time to find his game and it was coming around a little bit. He knows his last game [against Washington] wasn’t his best, but when you look at the way he played in Providence, he’s certainly a guy you can’t count off your lineup here. Right now it could just be a bump along the way and if we need a player to be called up, he would be a guy I would have no issues seeing back here.”

Prior to the NHL lockout ending in January, Bourque played 32 games for the P-Bruins and posted eight goals with 20 assists for 28 points.

“He’s going to find his game again, find his confidence,” Julien said. “He’s a good player and maybe playing a little bit more, and getting more confidence there will help him be the player he was before the lockout ended.”