June 1, 2012

Bruins agree to multi-year deals with Bourque, Paille

By Jesse Connolly

The Bruins trimmed their list of free agents by two on Friday morning, signing forwards Dan Paille and Chris Bourque to multi-year deals. 

Dan Paille has nine points in 46 career playoff games for the B's. (Getty Images)

Paille, 28, received a three-year contract that’ll lock him up through the 2014-15 season. The fleet-footed winger’s deal is worth $1.3 million per season, a slight raise from the $1.07 million he received annually in his last two-year deal with Boston.

Picked 20th overall by the Sabres back in 2002, Paille has 60 goals and 64 assists for a total of 124 points in 381 career games in the NHL. A key member of the penalty kill throughout his tenure in Boston, Paille was acquired in a trade with Buffalo in 2009 and has notched 47 points in 186 games for the B’s.

In 2011-12, the Ontario native had a line of 9-6-15 in 69 games. With his deal, and Shawn Thornton’s extension a few months back, Greg Campbell (UFA) remains the only unsigned member of the Merlot Line.

Bourque (Topsfield, Mass.), 26, arrived in a trade that saw Zach Hamill shipped to the Capitals on May 26. His deal is for two years. The first is of the two-way variety, as Bourque will earn $550,000 at the NHL level and $200,000 in the AHL. The final year of the contract is a one-way deal worth $550,000.

The son of Hall of Famer Ray Bourque led the AHL with 93 points for the Hershey Bears in 2011-12, one year after leaving North America to play for Lugano in Switzerland. In 33 career NHL games for the Penguins and Capitals, Bourque has one goal and three assists. 

Paille and general manager Peter Chiarelli will be available to the media on a conference call at 3 o'clock on Friday afternoon.