January 3, 2012

Julien: Playing time in Providence will keep Caron sharp

By Jesse Connolly

Jordan Caron has been returned to Providence just 24 hours after his latest recall to the big club. 

The 21-year-old forward took part in Tuesday's practice at Ristuccia Arena, but for the time being, the Bruins' brass would rather see Caron get playing time with their AHL affiliate than be the odd man out with the big club.

"Obviously, he came in and the decision was made last night,'' coach Claude Julien said. "We felt better for him, for the time being, that he play more. It's not fair for a young player like him to be watching that many games."

In nine games for Providence, Caron has one goal and five assists. So far this season for Boston, No. 38 has a goal and two assists in 13 contests.

"He'll be a better player for us if he plays. Right now, that place is in Providence," said Julien. "That's why we're sending him back down. We want to at least give him a chance that, when he comes back up, he's got some games underneath him."

The Bruins traveled to New Jersey following Tuesday's practice and will take on the Devils on Wednesday night.