BOSTON, MA - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has signed forward Daniel Paille to a two-year contract extension. Per club policy, financial terms of the deal will not be disclosed. Chiarelli will be available on a conference call to discuss this transaction and day one of the NHL free agency period today, Thursday, July 1 at 5:00 p.m. Call-in details can be found below.
The 26-year-old Paille is a veteran of 269 NHL games played across five professional seasons, splitting his time between the Buffalo Sabres and the Bruins. Last season, Paille scored 10 goals and nine assists for 19 points and 12 penalty minutes in 74 games with Boston after registering another two assists in two games with the Sabres. Paille was a key contributor on the Bruins penalty kill – which finished ranked third in the NHL - and led all Bruins forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game with an average of 1:59.
He has also appeared in 14 postseason contests, tallying his only two points on two assists in 13 games last year with the Black and Gold.
Paille enjoyed his best season statistically during his 2007-2008 campaign with Buffalo, recording career highs in all categories with 19 goals and 16 assists for 35 points while appearing in 77 games. He also tacked on 14 penalty minutes.
He spent his first four NHL seasons playing for Buffalo before joining the Bruins on October 20, 2009 after playing just two games with the Sabres that season. Paille was sent to the Bruins in exchange a third round draft pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft and a conditional fourth round pick.
The 6’0”, 200-pound native of Welland, Ontario was originally selected by Buffalo in the first round (20th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.
Prior to joining the Sabres, Paille won an OHL title while playing with the Guelph Storm in 2004. He also appeared in two World Junior Championships with Canada, skating in 12 games while tallying 4-0=4 totals.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION -Title: Boston Bruins Conference Call -Media Toll Free Dial In #: 888.599.4883 -Conference Call ID/ Passcode: 6498601 -Time: 5:00 p.m. ET on Thursday, July 1, 2010