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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

When Daniel Paille Has Given Up On The NHL Lockout, You Know It's Real Bad

I don't know how to break this awful news to you but Bruins forward Daniel Paille has left us for the natural beauty of Finland. After waiting out the NHL lockout for months in the Hub with his Boston teammates, he's headed to Ilves Tempere (of the SM-Liga) where he'll be the 12th Bruin overseas-by far the biggest total of any NHL team.

That fact gets even more depressing when you realize that Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and Brad Marchand are the only real Bruins left in town, working out and skating from time to time. Paille might be a fourth liner for Claude Julien but he was also Boston's NHLPA player representative that was deeply entrenched in the CBA negotiations. So yeah, it can't be a good sign that he had enough and finally bolted for Europe.

Like all the other Bruins in Europe, Paille has an out clause to return if and when the 2012-13 NHL season ever actually begins. Rich Peverley is in the same Finnish league while Philadelphia Flyer Max Talbot is on Ilves Tempere. The only sliver of good news that I can give you about the B's is that Tuukka Rask is returning to Boston after two very successful months in the Czech League.

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