But what effect does going deep into the playoffs have on NHLers today? Boston winger Daniel Paille
is one player that is truly excited to be back in action, despite his shortened summer.
“It felt shorter, for sure, this year. Last year was my first time I got to experience a long playoff [series],” Paille said. “I think I didn’t get back [home] until June, so I came back [to Boston] just last week, but definitely, it felt short and went by quick, for sure.”
Paille, who said he’s been back on the ice three to four times a week since the beginning of August, has been one of the constant faces around Bruins captains’ practices this week.
“We’re just going out there, playing, doing our drills and getting a good skate out there. It’s just something to stay conditioned for next week’s training camp,” he explained.
But just how far into this offseason did the sting from last year’s playoffs last?
“There were a couple jokes here and there you hear about, whether it’s friends or family, someone will bring it up and it really happens,” Paille chuckled. “To have that to talk about when I get back home, I just say what I can with that ... its just part of the game.
“You keep dragging on and thinking about it, but [I’m] over that now, ready for this season and hopefully avoid that type of situation again.”
Set to open their full training camp on September 17, Paille and the rest of the B’s are looking ahead to a new season.
“I’m truly excited for that. We come out here and everyone seems to have a real positive attitude when we get out there. The gym’s great, too, everyone seems to be [fit], so we’re ready to go,” he said.
The Welland, Ontario native is especially happy to be heading into another season with the Black&Gold, as he feels he has truly found his place on this team since being traded to Boston from Buffalo in October 2009.
“As the season kept going on, I felt my role progressed a little more,” Paille said. “Especially at the end of the year, talking to Claude [Julien] and Peter [Chiarelli], knowing that they believe in me and have confidence in me with what I need to do.
“It all comes down to me now to do more what I can.”---Ashley Robbins