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A look at every (realistic) scenario to replace Gregory Campbell in Bruins lineup 06.06.13 at 2:17 pm ET
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With Gregory Campbell done for the season with a broken right leg, the Bruins have some decisions to make as they go about addressing their lineup.

Of their four options — Kaspars Daugavins, Jordan Caron, Carl Soderberg and Jay Pandolfo — all but Soderberg present them with multiple moves that would need to be made to fill Campbell’s role at center. That means that either Rich Peverley or Chris Kelly could be looking at moving down to center the fourth line. It’s also worth noting that the B’s might want to consider someone who can take Campbell’s role on the penalty kill.

Soderberg is the only option of the four who can play center, while the other three can kill penalties. The guess here is that it will be Daugavins or Caron. And before we jump into the case for each player, don’t even think about Tyler Seguin moving to center. It’s not happening because he — at this point at least — can’t play the position in the NHL.

Here’s a look at Claude Julien‘s options and how the bottom six forwards look with them in:


Last game played: May 1

Why he would make sense: Can kill penalties, has played a game thus far in the postseason.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Not a center. Hasn’t been overly impressive in his brief time in Boston’s lineup. More turnovers than you’d expect from a defensive-minded forward.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Daugavins – Peverley – Thornton


Daugavins – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Peverley – Thornton


Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Daugavins – Kelly – Thornton


Daugavins – Peverley – Seguin
Paille – Kelly – Thornton


Last game played: May 22 (for Providence)

Why he would make sense: He’s played the most recently of the Bruins’ options and doesn’t make mistakes. He also kills penalties.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Putting him in would mean making multiple moves as far as shuffling the lineup goes.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Caron – Peverley – Thornton


Caron – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Peverley – Thornton


Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Caron – Kelly – Thornton


Caron – Peverley – Seguin
Paille – Kelly – Thornton


Last game played: April 28

Why he would make sense: Of the options, he’s the only center. You could plug him into Campbell’s spot on the fourth line and not have to make any further changes to the 5-on-5 lineup.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Lack of experience and the fact that he doesn’t kill penalties. He’s played just six career NHL games, and though he’s had lots of time to get used to the smaller ice in practice, having him figure out the NHL in the playoffs would be a bit risky.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Peverley – Kelly – Seguin
Paille – Soderberg – Thornton


Last game played: April 6

Why he would make sense: Has played 131 career playoff games, can kill penalties.

Why he wouldn’t make sense: Has been out of the lineup for a long, long time. Part of the reason the Bruins played Torey Krug over Aaron Johnson is because Johnson had been out of game action for so long.

What the bottom six would look like with him:

Paille – Kelly – Seguin
Pandolfo – Peverley – Thornton


Paille – Peverley – Seguin
Pandolfo – Kelly – Thornton

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Johnny Boychuk out, Rich Peverley back in Bruins lineup vs. Maple Leafs 03.23.13 at 7:13 pm ET
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Johnny Boychuk will miss Saturday’s game against the Maple Leafs, with Matt Bartkowski making his season debut in Boychuk’s place. Boychuk suffered a leg injury in Friday’s practice, causing the B’s to recall Bartkowski from Providence.

Rich Peverley, who was a healthy scratch Thursday against the Senators, is back in the lineup. Claude Julien is keeping Ryan Spooner in the lineup, with Jordan Caron a healthy scratch against the Leafs. Spooner will center Peverley and Jay Pandolfo.

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Bruins prepare for another back-to-back 03.10.13 at 11:44 am ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins returned to practice Sunday at Ristuccia Arena in preparation for a back-to-back in Ottawa Monday and Pittsburgh Tuesday. This week’s will be the Bruins’ second of three back-to-backs in the month of March.

The lines appeared to be the same as they have been since the team called up Jordan Caron, with the 22-year-old splitting duties with Jay Pandolfo on Chris Kelly‘s line.

The 16-3-3 B’s woke up Sunday with the second most points in the Eastern Conference, trailing the 16-5-4 Canadiens by one point. The Habs, who have 36 points to Boston’s 35, have played three more games (25) than the Bruins (22).

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After bad luck and bad games, Jordan Caron happy to be back with Bruins 03.08.13 at 2:57 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — Jordan Caron feels that Friday’s call-up was a long time coming, but a myriad of factors — the lockout, injuries and inconsistency — made his wait to resume his NHL career a little longer.

Caron, who was drafted 25th overall by the Bruins in 2009, was called up and sent down over half a dozen times last season, but he strung together some success at this time last year. From March 4 to March 10, Caron had points in four straight games, scoring three goals and adding four assists for seven points.

When the Bruins traded Benoit Pouliot in the offseason and Brian Rolston did not return, it appeared Caron could be destined to finally be given a full-time shot for the B’s after going up and down between Boston and Providence in his first two seasons. That didn’t happen, as the lockout forced him to begin the season in Providence, where he suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out of training camp when the NHL finally got the ball rolling in January.

“I had a really good second half last year, and I wanted to come here this year and keep going in the same path,” he said. “Obviously with the lockout, it didn’t go that way. Going down to Providence, I wasn’t really happy about it, but there was nothing I could do. I just wanted to go out there and play and be ready for the when the [NHL] season would start.”

It wasn’t the only injury he had to deal with. After Caron returned from his shoulder injury, he took to the face on Jan. 31 (there is still a noticeable cut under his right eye), which caused him to miss time. Factor in that he wasn’t playing necessarily well in Providence (10 goals, five assists in 44 games), and there’s more than enough evidence that it’s been a frustrating season for the 22-year-old winger.

“I wanted to be here,” he said. “With the lockout, it was kind of bad luck, but I was trying to focus as much as I could in Providence. I’m not having my best season ever, but I think right now, just being here, it’s like a new season, a new start. Hopefully I can get it going even better.”

The good news for Caron is that he has picked it up of late, with four goals and three assists for seven points over his last nine games. He attributes his recent success to being put on a line with Christian Hanson and Bobby Robins, which he says has allowed him to “get back to basics.”

With Chris Bourque down in Providence, it would appear Caron’s new linemates figure to be Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley when he gets into the lineup. Caron skated with the line in Friday’s practice, splitting left wing duties with Jay Pandolfo. Claude Julien wouldn’t say after Friday’s practice whether the B’s intend to get Caron into the lineup Saturday against the Flyers, but Caron would welcome a reunion with Kelly after spending time on his line last season.

“Obviously Kells is a really good defensive player and is really smart on the ice,” Caron said. “For my part, my job is to go on the forecheck and create turnovers, so I know with Kells, I’ve just got to go and not think about posting up as the third man.”

In 71 career NHL games, Caron has 10 goals and 12 assists for the Bruins. Despite how long ago it may have been, he’s still encouraged by what he was able to do in the second half of last season, and the Bruins expect him to build on it.

“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 that he’s gotten better.”

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Bruins recall Jordan Caron, Chris Bourque clears waivers at 12:05 pm ET
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WILMINGTON  — The Bruins Bruins recalled forward Jordan Caron from Providence Friday morning, a day after the team waived Chris Bourque with the intention of assigning him to Providence. Bourque cleared waivers at noon on Friday, so he will be able to play for Boston’s AHL affiliate.

The callup is an intriguing one, as Caron was expected to compete for a job on the third line this season, but was injured prior to training camp. Caron, who showed some flashes with the B’s late last season, has had an underwhelming season in the AHL this year, with 10 goals and five assists for 15 points in 44 games.

The Bruins put Caron in a silver (third line) jersey in Friday’s practice. He shared duties with Jay Pondolfo as the left wing on the line with Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley.

Caron was the Bruins’ first round pick (25th overall) in the 2009 draft and has played 75 games for Boston in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 season, though he’s yet to play in the NHL this year. Last season, he scored seven goals and added eight assists for 15 points in 48 games.

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Bruins hold off-ice workouts 01.18.13 at 12:00 pm ET
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WILMINGTON — The Bruins stayed off the ice Friday at Ristuccia Arena, taking a day for off-ice workouts after skating for the previous five days. Only Jordan Caron (out with an upper-body injury) and Milan Lucic (who missed Thursday’s practice due to the birth of his daughter) took the ice, which had to be disappointing for those in the packed stands.

The Bruins will kick off the season Saturday at TD Garden against the Rangers, marking the first game of their 48-game schedule. Two of the Bruins’ first three games will come against the Rangers, who finished first in the Eastern Conference last regular season and added power forward Rick Nash in a trade with the Blue Jackets.

“I think it’s a good want to start for us,” Claude Julien said. “It’s a team that I think a lot of people are predicting has a real good chance of winning a Stanley Cup, so we might as well get at it right away and play against a good team. If anything, it will certainly make us better quicker, and to me, it’s a great way to start.”

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Jordan Caron skates, Milan Lucic absent from Bruins practice 01.17.13 at 11:04 am ET
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WILMINGTON — A familiar face made an appearance as injured forward Jordan Caron skated with strength and conditioning coach John Whitesides prior to Thursday’s Bruins practice at Ristuccia Arena.

Caron, who had been playing at Providence this season but is out with an upper-body injury, did not stay on the ice for practice.

Absent from Thursday’s session was Milan Lucic (personal reasons), with Jay Pandolfo filling in for him on the first line in practice and Gregory Campbell replacing him on the first power-play unit during special teams work. The power play units were as follows:

PP1: Zdeno Chara, David Krejci/Rich Peverley, Campbell, Nathan Horton, Tyler Seguin
PP2: Dennis Seidenberg, Dougie Hamilton, Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron, Chris Bourque

Practice was delayed for a number of minutes due to a fan in the stands needing medical attention. The fan was placed on a stretcher and taken to the hospital.

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