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Daniel Paille searches for contract as camp looms


This has been a rough free agent market for veteran players in general, so it’s naturally been particularly hard on those looking to bounce back after a rough campaign.

As the Bruins battled for a playoff spot they decided to scratch Daniel Paille for their final nine games. It was under those circumstances that the 31-year-old forward entered the free agent market and with training camp just around the corner, he remains unsigned.

Paille feels ending the season with a prolonged period in the press box is a big part of the reason he doesn’t have a contract right now. It was an unfortunately way to end his tenure with the Bruins, but he still cherishes his time with the organization even as he searches for a new home.

“I’m looking for that opportunity to really come out firing,” Paille told CSN New England. “I feel like I’m a different person after coming through this summer. I felt like I did everything that I could last year, and there were certain things that were out of my control. But now it’s over with, I’ve moved on and I’m looking forward to a new opportunity.”

Coming off of a three-year, $3.9 million deal, Paille is still hoping to land a guaranteed contract rather than settle for a professional tryout. He also hasn’t ruled out signing in Europe.

Paille has 85 goals and 172 points in 570 career games with the Bruins and Buffalo Sabres. He won the Stanley Cup with Boston in 2011.

Arizona inks Louis Domingue to two-way deal

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It looks like Louis Domingue won’t play in Europe after all.

Back in late July, Coyotes GM Don Maloney said that Domingue passed on Arizona’s two-way qualifying offer so that he could instead play in Europe. However, the Coyotes announced today that Domingue has indeed agreed to a one-year, two-way deal.

Domingue had a 2.73 GAA and .911 save percentage in seven games with Arizona last season. However, the 23-year-old netminder isn’t expected to make the team’s opening game roster as the Coyotes signed Anders Lindback to a one-year, $875K deal to serve as Mike Smith’s understudy.

With that in mind, it seems likely that Domingue will return to the minors and compete with Niklas Treutle, who signed with Arizona after a superb season in Germany. In addition to his work with the Coyotes last season, Domingue also posted a 2.68 GAA and .908 save percentage in 20 AHL contests.

Isles prospect Pilon ‘has lost his passion to play’

Ryan Pilon

At the age of 18, defenseman Ryan Pilon has decided to leave the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings.

“Ryan came to me this week and told me that at this time he has lost his passion to play hockey and will be leaving the team,” Brandon coach and GM Kelly McCrimmon said, according to Sportsnet.

Pilon had 11 goals, 40 assists, and 40 penalty minutes in 68 WHL games last season. He was selected by the New York Islanders with the 147th overall pick in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. That pick was well traveled as it originally belonged to the Montreal Canadiens, but was dealt to the Florida Panthers in 2014 in exchange for Mike Weaver. The Panthers later traded it to the Islanders in exchange for a 2016 fifth round selection.

NHL Central Scouting’s John Williams described Pilon as a smart player that was particularly good when it came to puck management, per

With Hamilton on board, Flames can keep defensemen fresh

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The Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup, but there’s one aspect of their game that the Calgary Flames don’t want to emulate.

During the 2015 playoffs, Chicago leaned heavily on defensemen Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Niklas Hjalmarsson, and Johnny Oduya. In early May Michal Rozsival suffered an ankle injury and that led to the Blackhawks using their top-four defensemen even more extensively as no other blueliners averaged more than 10 minutes per contest.

That worked out, but it was also a big burden on those four players. Calgary had a group that, when healthy, could similarly carry that kind of load in T.J. Brodie, Mark Giordano, Dennis Wideman, and Kris Russell, but after acquiring Dougie Hamilton over the summer, Calgary won’t have to resort to that. The Flames should be able to use all three pairings with confidence, which has the potential to pay off as the campaign progresses.

“When we throw a defenseman on the ice, he will be 100% rested because part of our style is go, go, go,” Flames coach Bob Hartley told the Calgary Sun.

The main question now is what the Flames’ defensive pairings will look like as Hamilton potentially throws a wrench in their old setup. It’s a good problem for Hartley to have and he’ll deal with it by trying a lot of different combinations over the preseason.

Preds hope Moses signing will boost third line offensively

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The Nashville Predators wanted more depth scoring and they went all the way to the KHL to get it. Steve Moses, who signed a one-year, $1 million contract, is tentatively projected to play on Nashville’s third line and could make that unit significantly more dangerous.

“Goal-scoring was something we wanted to put more of in our lineup,” Predators GM David Poile told The Tennessean. “Here’s a guy that’s free, here’s a guy that has all those qualities and why not take a chance on somebody like that? He’s not big, but he’s fast and he can score. Hopefully, there’s got to be a place for him in our lineup.

“Last year, we had two lines, the (Mike) Fisher and (Mike) Ribeiro lines, that were very prolific offensively. And our third and fourth lines (were) somewhat equal, very good defensively, (but) didn’t provide, with all due respect, too much for us offensively. I don’t want to be greedy, but would like to try to push the envelope a little bit more.”

Nashville had six forwards last season that recorded at least 15 goals in Filip Forsberg, Craig Smith, James Neal, Colin Wilson, Mike Fisher, and Mike Ribeiro. When they were all healthy, combinations of those forwards typically compromised the team’s top two lines. After those six though, Nashville’s next best forward when it came to goals scored was Taylor Beck, who netted eight markers in 62 contests.

Meanwhile, Moses had 36 goals and 57 points in 60 games with the KHL’s Jokerit Helsinki. He is a product of the University of New Hampshire, but the 26-year-old has spent the last three seasons playing in Europe.

Former UNH teammate James van Riemsdyk said, “(Moses) skates like the wind. He’s really well built. He won’t get thrown around over here.”

Related: Video: New Pred Moses opens U.S. scoring at Worlds with beauty goal