A member of the Boston Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup team has found a new home.
The New York Rangers announced Thursday they had signed forward Daniel Paille, who spent the last six seasons with the Bruins before hitting free agency this past summer.
Ryan Kennedy of The Hockey News was the first to report news of the signing, and he later shared the reported details of Paille’s new contract:
Paille was a valuable bottom-six forward and penalty-killer during his half-dozen seasons in Boston and played in the Stanley Cup Final in 2011 and 2013. He was one of several core members of those teams to leave town during the Bruins’ recent roster revamp.
The 31-year-old’s best statistical season with the Bruins was the lockout-shortened 2013 campaign, during which he averaged 0.37 points per game (17 total) over 46 contests.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault and defenseman Dan Girardi, a longtime friend of Paille’s, addressed the signing when meeting with reporters Thursday.
Paille has spent the entirety of this season with the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate, recording a goal and three assists in 31 games. He will travel with the Rangers to Carolina on Friday for their date with the Hurricanes, Vigneault told reporters.
The Bruins have one remaining matchup with the Rangers this season: a March 23 tilt at Madison Square Garden.
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