Paille staying put on fourth line for now

Paille staying put on fourth line for now
September 16, 2013, 12:30 am
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(USA Today Sports)

While it was anticipated Daniel Paille might get a shot in the open auditions for a third line winger or two, that’s not the way it has played out during the first four days of Bruins training camp.

Instead Paille has been paired with normal fourth-line partners Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton, and it’s been business as usual for a Merlot Line that’s become a real strength for the Bruins. There’s still a chance Paille could get a look with Chris Kelly and a right winger to be named later at some point during training camp, but it would almost be criminal to break up the NHL’s best fourth line.

It’s important to note Paille was never orchestrating the move away from the fourth line, and he’s fine no matter what role he starts with this season.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong playing with Soup and Thornty. We click very well,” said Paille. “It’s just a matter of time before we find our game with the next week coming up. We’re all pretty comfortable with each other, but at the same time we enjoy playing together. It’s a huge compliment when we all have it going for us.

“We are a team unit where we play four lines. That’s the position that we are into to contend. I don’t think any one of us is disappointed in playing together.”

Coming off scoring 10 goals in 46 games last season, Paille just wants to build on the newly found goal scoring confidence that he uncovered last season. The 29-year-old has always had the skating wheels and hard-nosed tenacity to get himself into scoring positions, but the hands around the net had always betrayed him in those scoring chances.

That changed a bit last season, and perhaps it’s a talented former first round pick letting some of his ability take over.

“I think I’ve done a better job of reading certain plays when I do move up [in the lineup],” said Paille. “When a season goes like last year where you comfortable and things are going well for you, you just want to ride it for as long as you can.

“I didn’t want to let go. I wanted to continue playing that way and bearing down on chances. A lot of them went in, and it’s not going to be any different this year. I want to continue that success.”

Sticking with his familiar role on the fourth line should help Paille continue with that success, and that appears to be the pathway that both the left winger and his hockey club are on in training camp.