Caron was supposed to join Boston's abbreviated training camp in January and challenge for a spot on the roster, but hurt his shoulder while playing for Providence and was sidelined. Not long after returning from his shoulder injury, a puck hit him in the face and caused noticeable damage: a still-visible cut under his eye, plus some swelling and bruising at the time.
He's scored 10 goals and five assists in 44 games for the P-Bruins this season. That's not his best season ever in terms of performance--2010-11 saw him score 12 goals and add 16 assists in 47 games--but he sees this call-up as a chance for a fresh new start.
He's also been a part of the Boston lineup before now. During the 2011-12 season, he spent 48 games, or half the season in total, with the Bruins and produced seven goals and eight assists.
Coach Claude Julien has not definitively decided yet if Caron will be in the lineup for the Bruins' matinee on March 9.
"We’ll see. We’ve got to make some decisions here for tomorrow’s game," he said.
As for Bourque, Julien is hoping that the time back in Providence will help him regain his confidence. He maintains that the parent club is still interested in his services.