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Paille Back on Board B's

by John Bishop / Boston Bruins
Boston, MA -- There will be plenty of familiar faces on the Bruins bus when the Hub of Hockey rolls back into season in September. Daniel Paille is just the latest member of last campaign's team to be be asked back for 2010-11.

Boston Bruins left wing Daniel Paille (20) high-fives Johnny Boychuk (55) with Marco Sturm (16) in the middle as they skate off the ice after Boston's 3-2 victory over the Buffalo Sabres in two overtimes in Game 4 of an NHL hockey playoff series, in Boston on Wednesday, April 21, 2010. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
On Thursday, Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced that the Bruins had signed the forward Daniel Paille to an extension.

"I thought that when we acquired Dan, he really helped show up our penalty killing," he said. "He brought us speed to the lineup, to the forward group.

"He also was able to play up and down the lineup, so he was helpful when we ran into injuries.

"We signed him for two years and he’s in our forward group now," he said.

The 26-year-old Paille is a veteran of 269 NHL games with 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 as a team finished ranked third in the NHL - and led all Boston forwards in shorthanded time on ice per game with an average of 1:59.

He has also appeared in 14 postseason contests and garnered two points on two assists in 13 games last year with the Bruins.

Paille best season statistically came during the 2007-08 docket with Buffalo, when he earned career highs with 19 goals, 16 assists for 35 points while appearing in 77 games.

Chiarelli expects the forward to be nearer to those numbers.

"I think Dan has the ability to play up in the line-up," he said. "With him it’s about confidence.

"He suffered through a lack of confidence in Buffalo for whatever reason. I think you saw some really good spurts with us," explained Chiarelli. "With his speed, his size, his ability to forecheck I think once he gets his confidence back you’ll see him in a variety of spots.

"Certainly at the very least he’ll be [on the fourth line], but I expect more things too of Dan."

Paille spent his first four NHL seasons playing for Buffalo before he joined the Bruins on October 20, 2009 -- just two games into the campaign. 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.
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