…for now. In somewhat surprising news, the Bruins have designated forward Nick Johnson for assignment, meaning he’ll have to clear waivers before joining the Baby B’s in Providence. The decision between the final two forwards was due by noon today, and it looks like Jordan Caron, who had a very unimpressive preseason, will serve as the team’s 13th forward.
The 22 year old has the advantage that he’s been with Bruins since being drafted with the 25th overall pick in 2009, but he’s struggled to show he belongs in the lineup over the past few seasons. That theme continued this preseason, as Caron tallied a single goal while his teammate Johnson racked up four of his own.
It is possible that the Bruins front office feels that Caron has more value on the market than Johnson, and thus were more willing to letting Johnson go via waivers than Caron. It’s a little to difficult to believe that the organization sees Caron as a critical piece of the team at this point, especially with youngsters like Ryan Spooner and Matt Lindblad showing that they’re more than capable of playing at the NHL level.
GM Peter Chiarelli did hint the roster we see today may not actually be the one we see on Thursday, but nevertheless the Bruins head towards opening night with the following lineup: