Paille ready for next level with Bruins

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Paille ready for next level with Bruins

NEWARK, NJ Daniel Paille probably had an idea that his contract extension conference call on Friday was going to be hijacked by Tim Thomas sabbatical questions, but the affable fourth-line winger took it all in stride.

Paille signed a three-year deal worth 3.9 million on Friday that will keep him in Boston through the 2014-15 season, and will continue to bring his rapid skating speed and ace penalty kill skills to the table.

We acquired Dan in a trade and we really feel like our penalty kill and team speed has improved since that point. Hes a terrific penalty killer and a smart player when hes in that role. Hes a tremendous skater and he uses it to be a really good penalty kill specialist.

But having said that hes got the skills to play up the lineup, but we havent really seen that yet. In my mind hes still a young player and I think hes still learning things.

Weve seen some players that learn some things in their late 20s and I think Dan is one of those kinds of players. He was part of that group that won a Stanley Cup and Im excited to have him back. At the very least were going to keep getting what weve gotten from Paille and were very happy with that.

The 28-year-old finished with 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists) in 69 games, but Pailles value goes far beyond the numbers. Hes a versatile player that can move up and down the lineup based on need, and can fill in at different wing positions when injury or ineffectiveness create an opening.

Paille also gets dozens of breakaway chances in any given season with his combination of speed and instincts, and Peter Chiarelli believes experience and maturation could allow him to become a player that finishes off more of those chances in the coming years. Just as players like Johnny Boychuk, Tim Thomas, Rich Peverley and Dennis Seidenberg blossomed in their mid-to-late twenties, Paille could be somebody that steps up in his roster role.

I felt like Ive learned a lot in the last three seasons. I think what Peter Chiarelli and the coaching staff allow me to do is grow as a player and show a lot of positive things out on the ice, said Paille. As a player you want to improve every year. There are certain aspects I need to work on and I plan on doing that.

In the big picture I have a great role already on this team and I could maybe have an even greater role. I definitely feel like I have a lot more to give and that Im just coming into my prime. That bodes well for me in the future.

Paille may never be a top line player, but with a little more confidence and composure with the puck around the net, perhaps hell score 20 goals once or twice before his new contract is done.

Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

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Carlo, Heinen and DeBrusk highlight young B's lineup for preseason opener

The Bruins had already let it be known that Tuukka Rask, David Pastrnak and David Backes wouldn’t be playing Monday night in their preseason opener vs. the Blue Jackets. 

Instead, all three will participate in their first day of training camp practice on Monday morning, and the Bruins will ice a young, prospect-laden group against Columbus at TD Garden.

“[Camp] has been really good,” said assistant coach Jay Pandolfo. “There are a lot of new faces around here, so we’re just getting them to understand how we want to play. I think they did a good job with it and they should be ready to go [against Columbus].”

Here is the lineup of players expected to suit up for Boston’s preseason opener on Monday night: Brandon Carlo, Colby Cave, Peter Cehlarik, Austin Czarnik, Jake DeBrusk, Seth Griffith, Colton Hargrove, Jimmy Hayes, Danton Heinen, Anton Khudobin, Sean Kuraly, John-Michael Liles, Zane McIntyre, Kevan Miller, Joe Morrow, Peter Mueller, Riley Nash, Rob O’Gara, Tyler Randell and Jakub Zboril. 

Carlo, Cehlarik, Heinen and DeBrusk are all serious candidates to threaten for an NHL roster spot, and these preseason games will be a big test to see how roster ready they might actually be at their precocious young age.

The Bruins haven’t said when the first cuts of training camp are expected, but one round of early cuts are expected next week perhaps after Wednesday night’s preseason home game against the Detroit Red Wings.

“We’ll see how tomorrow night goes and then make a decision [on a lineup] for Wednesday, but I think we’ll try to give all the guys a pretty good look and go from there,” said Pandolfo. 
 

Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

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Sunday, Sept. 25: Has Connolly found home with Caps?

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while wondering what a crap shot this Presidential debate is going to be on Monday night.

*Brett Connolly has hooked on with the Washington Capitals, and the Caps hope they’ve found a “gem” in the former Bruins winger.

*John Tortorella is putting his Blue Jackets through an absolute boot camp thus far in Columbus. Bold strategy…I wonder how this will play out.

*The Pittsburgh Penguins appreciate the gifts of defenseman Kris Letang, even if Team Canada didn’t for the World Cup.

*FOH (Friend of Haggs) Ken Wiebe has the details on Jacob Trouba asking to get moved from the Winnipeg Jets.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has Saturday night’s World Cup of Hockey showdown between Russia and Canada as another chapter in the Alex Ovechkin/Sidney Crosby rivalry.

*It’s sad to see respected veteran player Clarke MacArthur have to be helped off the ice after a vicious hit in a training camp scrimmage. What a dumb move by a guy that’s never going to crack the Senators roster.

*For something completely different: a good father/son piece on learning to appreciate things that your kids are interested in, and how rewarding it can be in the end.