Bruins signed Jordan Caron. 1 year at $600 000. One way contract. #tvasports— Renaud Lavoie (@renlavoietva) July 16, 2014
The much-maligned right winger was a Restricted Free Agent this offseason, after once again submitting an underwhelming performance in the regular season. While I speculated Caron's days with the Bruins might finally be over, Peter Chiarelli apparently thought otherwise. After making qualifying offers to all of his other RFAs, Chiarelli finally tendered a QO to the former first round draft pick on June 30th (the deadline to submit QO's) in order to retain the club rights that come with Restricted Free Agency (draft pick compensation and first right of refusal of offer sheets). He was reportedly being shopped by the Bruins prior to and during Free Agency.
Based on Caron's previous salary of $640K being under the threshold of $660K (which mandates a 10% salary increase in Qualifying Offers), Caron would have been due $704K if he had signed the Qualifying Offer the Bruins tendered him on June 30th. His new salary of $600K not only represents a pay cut from last year's salary, but also a decision to leave money on the table. It is rather intriguing that Caron would choose to sign a contract that pays him less money than his QO, which he would have been well within his rights to sign. Caron's decision may indicate a mutual effort with Chiarelli to attempt to fit him into a roster that still faces monumental salary cap challenges. Of course, the offseason is far from over, and obtaining Caron's services for what is barely richer than the minimum salary may be a key to another team's willingness trade for him.
Let us know what you think of this whole business Chowdaheads!
(Salary figures from Cap Geek)