Friday, June 1, 2012
Bruins Re-Sign Daniel Paille, Finalize Deal For Chris Bourque
However, it's time to turn the page on a team that's been gone now for over a month (April 25 was Game 7 against Washington). On the heels of yesterday's bizarre speculation that Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas could possibly sit out the 2012-13 season, comes the actual news today that as expected, Boston has re-signed forward Daniel Paille to a three-year deal through 2014-15.
A staple of the fourth line since he was acquired in a trade with Ottawa during the 2009-10 season, Paille's future in Black and Gold was always obvious. A responsible two-way player (something they stress as much as anything with their forwards), he's also an exceptional penalty killer and unassuming team leader.
Paille's game will never be about numbers, in 69 games last season he put up a modest nine goals and six assists. In three seasons with the Bruins (186 regular season games), he has 25 goals and 22 assists and he was a key member of the team that won the Stanley Cup in 2010-11. He can't shoot (part of the reason he doesn't score more goals) but he is tough (he fought through a bunch of injuries this past season) and a very smooth and fast skater. He will make $1.3 million per season.
Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli also gave the details on Chris Bourque's contract. Ray Bourque's oldest son signed a two-year through 2013-14. Next season, it will be a two-way deal meaning $550,000 if he plays in the NHL and $200,000 if he plays in Providence (Boston's AHL team). In 2013-14, it's a one-year contract worth $550,000.
If he makes the B's, Bourque will most likely be on the third or fourth line. That makes you wonder what Boston's plan is with fourth line center Gregory Campbell (a free agent July 1) who should also no doubt earn a trip back here after he played two solid seasons for the Black and Gold. I guess we'll have to wait and find out.