Daniel Paille searches for contract as camp looms

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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.