The Boston Bruins signed forwards, Chris Bourque and Daniel Paille to multi-year contracts on Friday. Bruins General Manager, Peter Chiarelli made the announcement. Forward, Daniel Paille signed a three year contract through the 2014-15 season in which he will earns $1.3 million per year over the three year deal. Chris Bourque singed a two way deal with Boston, joining following his trade to the Bruins’ after his time in the Capitals’ organization. Bourque’s deal is for two years, earning him $555,000 at the NHL level each season. His contract is a two way deal in the first year and changes to a one year contract in the 2013-2014 season.
The 2011-2012 campaign was the third year of Daniel Paille’s tenure with the Bruins’. Over that course he has proved to be a gritty player who can chip in offensively. Paille has compiled 25 goals and 22 assists in 186 regular season games with Boston. He also added six points as part of the Bruins’ 2011 Stanley Cup Championship team.
Chris Bourque was acquired from the Capitals’ in exchange for an underachieving prospect Zach Hamill. Bourque is a native of Boston, clearly a reason for him signing following the trade. Bourque was set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1st. He just finished off a career with the Hershey Bears’ of the American Hockey League, leading the league is scoring with 93 points. He is also the son of former Bruins’ legend, Ray Bourque.
Expect Paille to begin the season on the third line for the Bruins’ brining a gritty style of play to the lineup every night. Bourque on the other hand is more of a scorer, but is not a tall player, listed at only 5’8” and 180 pounds. Expect him to start with Boston’s AHL affiliate, the Providence Bruins.
Below is a video of Daniel Paille’s goal against the Philadelphia Flyers’ in the 2011 NHL playoffs.