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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With as many as five pending unrestricted free agents on the roster, rookie Bruins’ GM Don Sweeney has decisions to make.
According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, at least one of those decisions has already been made.
Boston will not bring back center Carl Soderberg Friedman reports. The club is currently focused on re-signing restricted free agent defenseman Dougie Hamilton.
The Bruins have informed Soderberg that it’s “very unlikely” they’ll re-sign him.
Soderberg spent the past three seasons in Boston scoring 13 goals and 44 points in 82 games during the 2014-15 season.
The 29-year-old’s three-year, $3.025 million deal is set to expire next month.
Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille, Adam McQuaid and Matt Bartkowski are also in the final year of their respective contracts and set to become unrestricted free agents on July 1.
The Boston Bruins have already made it clear that unrestricted free agent forwards forwards Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell won’t be re-signed. Another pending UFA, 28-year-old defenseman Adam McQuaid, might be able to extend his tenure with the Bruins though.
If nothing else, he certainly hopes to stick around.
“Obviously I want to be back. I’ve had so many great memories here with this group and this organization. I guess it goes without saying…I don’t know, I can’t picture not being here,” said McQuaid, per CSN New England. “It’s a different situation for me this year with some uncertainty. I guess we’ll see how things play out. My priority, my goal would be to come back here. I don’t know if that’s realistic or not. I guess time will tell. I’ll wait and see if it comes to [hitting free agency], and then obviously you have to go down that avenue.
“But this is where I want to be.”
Although the Bruins are in a difficult cap position to begin with, they still might end up re-signing McQuaid. He doesn’t do much offensively, but he did have 141 hits and 91 blocked shots in 63 contests in 2014-15. He also averaged 1:54 minutes of ice time per game in shorthanded situations, which was good for fourth on the team.
McQuaid came with a cap hit of roughly $1.6 million in 2014-15 and given the Bruins’ situation, his future with the team might be determined by whether or not he’s willing to take a hometown discount.