Paille signs with Finland's Ilves Tampere


Paille signs with Finland's Ilves Tampere

Bruins forward Daniel Paille indicated a few weeks ago thathe was getting close to the time when he would decide to leave for Europe.

Paille became the 12th Bruins playerto agree to a lockout contract overseas in Europe, and will play for Ilves Tamperein FinlandsSM-Liga, according to their teams website. (A few weeks ago hethought he might have ended up in the Elite Hockey League in England.)

The 12 Bs players in Europe is by far the most of any NHLteam during the lockout, and leaves Shawn Thornton, Milan Lucic and BradMarchand as the lone Bruins players still skating in Boston at least part ofthe time.

Paille, a fourth-line winger, had been one of a handful of Bruinsplayers still remaining in Bostonthrough the entire lockout dating back to Sept. 15, and has been heavilyinvolved with the CBA negotiations as NHLPA player rep for the Bs. Paillebecomes the second Bruins player to join the Finnish Hockey League afterforward Rich Peverley, and will join Max Talbot as the second NHL player on Tampere.

Paille finished with nine goals and 15 points in 69 gameslast season for the Bruins while averaging slightly more than 11 minutes of icetime, and is a key part of the Bostonpenalty-kill unit.

Over the course of his career, the 28-year-old Paille has 60goals and 64 points in 381 games along with plus-14 rating while playing all ofhis games for the Buffalo Sabres and Bruins. As with all otherNHL players in Europe, Paille has an out clause in his contract that allows himto return to Bostonwhenif the NHL season actually begins.

Conversely Tuukka Rask is expected tohave returned from Bostonthis week after dominating in the Czech League for the last two months.

McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff


McAdam: Ridiculous to think Bradley's streak ended because he hit leadoff

BOSTON -- If you think John Farrell's decision to hit Jackie Bradley Jr. leadoff for one night is the reason Bradley's 29-game hit streak came to an end, I've got some swamp land you might be interested in buying.

Such silly talk first surfaced mid-afternoon when the lineup was announced. With Mookie Betts getting his first day off this season, somebody had to hit leadoff. Farrell went with the guy who was leading the league in hitting.

That sounds reasonable. But not to some, who cried that putting Bradley at the top was (take your pick) disrupting Bradley's routine, putting him in a place with which he wasn't familiar, or asking him to change his approach.

Of course, none of those made much sense.

First of all, Thursday night marked the sixth (SIXTH!) different spot that Bradley has hit during the hitting streak. He had hit second, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth. So the notion that any change was disruptive was absurd.

As for the notion that Bradley would treat his at-bats differently because he was leading off? Also wrong. Bradley's major adjustment since spring training has been being aggressive early in the count. So, do you know how many pitches Bradley saw in four at-bats as the leadoff hitter? Eight.

Does that sound like someone who was being forced to be more patient for the night, or someone changing their approach by working the count more?

Finally, Bradley hit two balls on the screws -- one to the warning track in right, just in front of the bullpen in his first at-bat and another in front of the center field door, some 400 or so feet away, in his third.

Streaks come to an end, even when hitters belt the ball hard. Twice.