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Farewell, Merlot: Bruins parting ways with Paille, Campbell


The Merlot Line has officially been put out to vineyard.

On Monday, Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli announced that UFA forwards Daniel Paille and Gregory Campbell — who, along with the already departed Shawn Thornton, once formed Boston’s popular fourth line — wouldn’t be re-signed this summer.

Paille, 30, has been the Bruins since 2009 and achieved some good success, emerging as a useful contributor during the 2011 Stanley Cup victory and the ’13 Finals appearance (Paille scored four goals and nine points during that latter run, averaging 12:32 TOI per night.)

Campbell, 31, spent the last five years in Boston. A gritty checking forward, he forever etched himself in Bruins lore with this shift against Pittsburgh in the ’13 Eastern Conference Final — in which he played on a broken leg:

This year, though, Campbell and Paille struggled. They were two of the club’s worst forwards in terms of possession (click here) and neither produced much offensively; Campbell scored just six goals in 70 games while Paille had six in 71.

In the wake of Boston missing the playoffs for the first time in eight years, Paille and Campbell aren’t expected to be the only changes — but their departures are still significant. Aside from being the first (and, speediest) moves by Chiarelli this offseason, the two veterans contributed largely to Boston’s identity over the last five years.

Now that they’re gone, only a handful of regulars remain from the Cup-winning team: Zdeno Chara, David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Brad Marchand, Dennis Seidenberg, Adam McQuaid and Milan Lucic — the latter of whom has already seen his name appear in trade speculation.

More bad news for the B’s — Hamilton out ‘indefinitely’

Dougie Hamilton #27 of the Boston Bruins skates against the New Jersey Devils at the Prudential Center on April 10, 2013 in Newark, New Jersey. The Bruins defeated the Devils 5-4.
(April 9, 2013 - Source: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images North America)

Bruins defenseman Dougie Hamilton is out indefinitely with a suspected shoulder injury.

That’s the latest bit of bad news from Boston, where the desperate Bruins, now outside the playoff picture with just nine games remaining, are preparing to face Anaheim on Thursday.

Hamilton missed Sunday’s loss in Tampa Bay; he played just 13:11 Saturday against the Panthers in Sunrise. The 21-year-old has been a fixture on the Bruins’ blue line this season, with 10 goals and 32 assists in 72 games while averaging 21:20 in ice time.

Hamilton joins defenseman Kevan Miller (out for the season) on the injured list, leaving the B’s with a defense that may look something like this against the Ducks:

Zdeno Chara — Adam McQuaid
Torey Krug — Dennis Seidenberg
Matt Bartkowski — Zach Trotman

No word if Hamilton will be able to return before the regular season is over. But according to CSN New England’s Joe Haggerty, it’s feared the injury is “significant.”

It sounds like Wisniewski is doing his best to stay in Columbus

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Every sign points to the Columbus Blue Jackets wanting to trade James Wisniewski, but the defenseman is doing what he can to avoid such a fate, as the Columbus Dispatch’s Aaron Portzline reports.

The 31-year-old is cleverly trying to use his 10-team no-trade clause to kill trade possibilities. According to Portzline, Wisniewski is approving teams with limited cap space and/or a lack of defensive needs to try to avoid being traded.

(Wisniewski’s $5.5 million cap hit runs through the 2016-17 season.)

If true, it represents a stark contrast between no-trade clauses for potential trade deadline targets. At one end of the spectrum, you have Wisniewski trying to wiggle out of a move; on the other, Dennis Seidenberg is shrugging his shoulders and saying “If my team doesn’t want me, I don’t want to be here.”

Portzline points out another interesting wrinkle to this situation:

Interesting stuff, huh?

One can understand why Wisniewski wants to stay. The Blue Jackets are dealing with what might be a bad-luck-infested bump in the road, as the team’s shown glimpses of being competitive even with a ridiculous slew of injuries.

Beyond that, it’s possible he’s put down roots in Ohio and simply is tired of uprooting his life. Here’s a quick road map of his career so far:

2005-06 to 2007-08: Chicago Blackhawks
2008-09: Part of the season with Chicago, part with the Anaheim Ducks
2009-10: Anaheim Ducks
2010-11: Bounced from Anaheim to the New York Islanders to the Montreal Canadiens
2011-12: Signs long-term deal with Columbus

That’s not “Mark Arcobello playing for four different NHL teams” material, but Wisniewski indeed faced quite a bit of turmoil a few years ago.

Players only have so much power to avoid moves they don’t want, and it could get awkward if Columbus really wants to get rid of Wisniewski. It appears as if he’s doing what’s within his limited rights to stick with his team, though.