Boston Bruins Sign Daniel Paille and Chris Bourque

By Emma Harger

Two-thirds of the Boston Bruins‘ famed Merlot Line will remain in Boston for at least a few seasons more after Daniel Paille received a new contract valid through 2014-15.

Paille just finished his third season as a Bruin and had respectable points considering that he’s a part of the fourth–Merlot–line and therefore not expected to be a top goal-scorer. Still, he put together 15 points this season and 15 penalty minutes. He helps the Merlot Line bring the energy and will get physical if necessary, although he usually doesn’t find that necessary because of one of his linemates–see below.

Back in March, the Bruins locked down Shawn Thornton for two more years and I was happy to hear that because of how important he is to the team. Sure, he’ll go out there and answer the bell if need be, but he can also be pretty clutch at times, like that excellent tying-the-game penalty shot he successfully took back in January. Plus, he loves Boston so much that he lives there year-round.

Now to keep Merlot united, it’s time for the team to focus on Gregory Campbell–get him secured before he becomes an unrestricted free agent! From the way he’s talked about it, he wants to stay in Boston, so it’s time to make sure that happens and keep the men in the maroon practice jerseys exactly as they were last season.

Also, newcomer Chris Bourque netted a contract as well. It starts off as a two-way deal and turns into a one-way in year two. I’m excited to see what this guy can bring to the table for sure, whether in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or a bit of both.


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