BOSTON, MA – Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today, June 1, that the club has signed forward Daniel Paille to a three-year contract through the 2014-15 season and forward Chris Bourque to a two-year contract through the 2013-14 season. Paille’s contract is worth $1.3 million annually over the three years of his deal. Bourque’s deal will be a two-way contract in year one (2012-13) and is worth $550,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 at the American Hockey League level. In year two, it will be a one-way contract worth $550,000.
Chiarelli and Paille will be available to the media on a conference call on Friday, June 1.
The 2011-12 season marked the 28-year-old Paille’s third as a member of the Boston Bruins. In his three seasons, he has skated in 186 regular season games with 25 goals, 22 assists and 55 penalty minutes. Paille has appeared in 46 postseason contests with Boston and has tallied four goals and five assists for nine points. During the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup Championship run, Paille played in all 25 playoff games and recorded 3-3=6 totals.
For his career, the 6’1, 200-pound native of Welland, Ontario has played in 381 NHL games with Buffalo and Boston and has registered 60 goals, 64 assists and 109 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Sabres in the first round (20th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the Bruins from Buffalo on October 20, 2009 for a 2010 third round pick (Kevin Sundher).
Bourque was acquired by the Bruins from the Washington Capitals on May 26, 2012 for forward Zach Hamill. The 26-year-old native of Boston, MA has skated in 33 career NHL games with Washington and Pittsburgh and notched one goal and three assists. This past season, he appeared in 73 regular season games for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), and led the league in scoring after compiling 27-66=93 totals with 42 penalty minutes. In five playoff games, he tallied one goal and three assists.
The 5’8”, 180-pound left wing was originally drafted by the Capitals in the second round (33rd overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
He is the son of Ray Bourque, the Boston Bruins Hall-of-Famer who owns records for most goals, assists and points by a defenseman in the National Hockey League. Ray Bourque is also currently the Bruins all-time career leader in games played, assists, and points.