Peter Chiarelli: Gregory Campbell, Daniel Paille Won’t Return To Bruins

by NESN Staff

April 13, 2015

BOSTON — Gregory Campbell and Daniel Paille won’t be re-signed by the Boston Bruins, general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Monday at his end-of-the-season press conference Monday at TD Garden.

The two fourth-line forwards have expiring contracts and will be unrestricted free agents on July 1.

Campbell was acquired from the Florida Panthers in a summer of 2010 trade that also netted the B’s first-line right winger Nathan Horton. Paille was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a third-round draft pick in October 2009.

Together, Campbell and Paille made up two-thirds of a fourth line that played a key role during Boston’s run to a Stanley Cup championship in 2010-11 and another Cup Final appearance in 2012-13. However, their play suffered over the last two seasons as the NHL continued to trend toward a more uptempo game where speed and skill is more of a priority.

The fourth line failed to consistently possess the puck or make an impact offensively in 2014-15. Campbell and Paille combined for 12 goals this season and finished at the bottom of the forward group in Corsi For percentage at 41.25 percent and 45.3 percent, respectively.

The Bruins have several candidates, both at the NHL level and with the Providence Bruins, to fill the open spots created by Campbell and Paille’s departure.

Thumbnail photo via Greg M. Cooper/USA TODAY Sports Images

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