The Boston Bruins acquired winger Daniel Paille from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2010 3rd round draft pick and a conditional 2010 4th round draft pick. If Paille score 16 or more goals this season, the Bruins will have to surrender either their 4th round pick, or the 4th round pick acquired from Carolina in the Aaron Ward deal, the Bruins will be able to choose prior to the 2nd round of the draft.
Paille has a cap hit of 1.125 million this season, and will be an RFA at the end of this year. Paille, the 20th overall pick of the 2002 draft, is only in his 3rd full season. He is only 25 years old, and was almost a 20 goal scorer (19) only two years ago. He is considered a very good open ice hitter, and many Sabres fans say he has been disinterested playing in Buffalo. A change of scenery could spark Paille, and add some more spunk to this lineup. Paille essentially replaces recently departed Chuck Kobasew with similar production and a lesser cap hit.
This move seems somewhat odd, considering Vladimir Sobotka and Brad Marchand haven’t even played yet and it would make sense to see them play before making this move. This could be another precursor to a bigger move, considering Kobasew was dealt for cap reasons among others.
The overall deal could be seen as Chuck Kobasew, 2010 3rd round draft pick and a conditional 2010 4th round draft pick for a 2011 2nd round draft pick, Chuck Weller, and Alexander Fallstrom.
The new lineup could be: