photo by Mike Lynaugh
The Bruins completed a trade with the Buffalo Sabres earlier today in which they acquired LW Daniel Paille for a third-round and conditional fourth-round pick in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.
Paille projects to be a third line winger on the Bruins and could provide some relief on the penalty kill. Paille had 12 goals and 27 points last season for the Sabres, and had one assist in two games for Buffalo this season. Paille is only 25 years-old and had 19 goals in 2007-08.
According to Haggs at WEEI, Paille has a cap hit of $1.125 million, down considerably from Kobasew's $2.33 million. Haggs even speculates that Paille could see time on the second line. I am not that optimistic, I'd rather see Recchi move up to optimize scoring potential while Lucic recovers.
James Murphy at NESN speculates that we could see Paille on the Bruins penalty-kill.
One of the Bruins' biggest problems this season has been their penalty kill. Julien said on Tuesday that he believes that deficiency is a systematic result of the team's complete game right now, but Paille could provide some help on the penalty kill. During that breakout season in 2007-08, he averaged nearly two minutes per game on the penalty kill and had three shorthanded goals.
Overall, I like the deal, or deals to be more accurate. Kobasew, although I liked his game, was a cap casualty who was not worth his salary. Paille, could be revitalized in Boston, escaping a bad Buffalo team, and coming to a team where he can be a role-player. By settling into a role and taking pressure off himself offensively, Paille could be able to focus on penalty-killing and capitalizing on offensive chances when possible. Typically, players get out of slumps when they focus on role-playing. Systems don't hurt either, and from all accounts, Paille projects to be a Claude Julien type of player.