The Boston Bruins have locked up one of their 4th line forwards in resigning Daniel Paille to a 3-year $3.9 million contract. Paille, 28, will remain with the Bruins until the 2014-15 season and will recieve a slight raise per season from his previous 2-year deal with the black and gold.
Daniel Paille finished the regular season with 6 goals and 9 assists in 69 regular season games and added a goal in the playoffs. The Ontario native brought speed to the 4th line, which has also made him a valuable part of the penalty kill. Paille battled some injuries early in the season and was a healthy scratch at times, but he played his role very well.
Daniel Paille was drafted 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres back in 2002 and has scored 60 goals and tallied 64 assists for 124 points in 381 games played in the NHL. Since his arrival in Boston from Buffalo back in 2009, the penalty-killing specialist has notched 47 points in 186 games with the Bruins.
Its good to know that both Daniel Paille and Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli have a clear understanding of the importance of Pailles impact on the 4th line and penalty killing.
“I think at the least – very very least – we’re going to get what we’ve been getting and I’ve been very happy with that,” said Chiarelli during a conference call. “I think he can play up the lineup. He knows this organization. He knows the coaching staff well enough to know what needs to be done. He’s got the speed. There are other elements of his game that allow him to play up the lineup. To know what he can do on an intermittent basis is great.”
“I feel like I have a big role here,” said Paille. “I want to make it a bigger role. Whether its the same line now or moving up, either way I’m happy. I definitely feel that I have a lot more to give and I’m coming into my prime. For me, its a confidence booster going into the future.”