After spending parts of six seasons with the Boston Bruins, Daniel Paille has accepted a professional tryout offer from the Chicago Blackhawks, according to hockey insider Darren Dreger.
The 31-year-old scored six goals and 13 points while averaging 11:31 of time on ice in 71 games last season.
Paille becomes the second player to be offered a PTO by the Chicago Blackhawks joining defenseman Jan Hejda.
Given the Blackhawks’ current salary cap situation – they have $930,000 of room, according to Generalfanager.com – it’s hard to see Paille earning a contract out of camp.
Originally a first-round pick of the Buffalo Sabres (20th overall in 2002), Paille scored 50 goals and 95 points in 375 games with the Bruins winning a Stanley Cup in 2011.
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The Boston Red Sox have “The Green Monster” and now the Boston Bruins might add a Swedish “Monster” as a backup goalie.
The Bruins extended a professional tryout contract offer to Jonas Gustavsson, HNIC’s Elliotte Friedman reports.
Some greeted the announcement with sardonic responses while others wondered if the offer is an indictment of the Bruins’ pipeline beyond Tuukka Rask.
Really, though, it’s a pretty low-risk move by the Bruins.
Gustavsson, 30, is far removed from the hype he brought to Toronto back in 2009-10, and it’s true that his overall stats are lacking (no one’s too excited about a netminder with a career save percentage of .901).
If you want to stretch the boundaries of optimism a bit, you could point to Gustavsson’s sneaky-solid work in just seven appearances last season: his even-strength save percentage was .939. Many believe that’s a more honest indicator of a netminder’s effectiveness, so perhaps he could revamp his career in Boston, at least as a backup?
It probably won’t hurt the Bruins to find out what he can offer.
In other Bruins news, Lee Stempniak and Daniel Paille were involved in an informal practice with Bruins players, according to CSNNE.com’s Joe Haggerty.
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