Better Know a Bruin: Daniel Paille

By Emma Harger

The famous Merlot Line will remain the same next season because Daniel Paille re-signed with the Boston Bruins this summer. His linemates Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton also got new contracts recently, so Merlot remains inevitable.

Paille, though, enjoys another big distinction: at least three of his teammates–Campbell, Rich Peverley and Tyler Seguin–said he is the funniest guy on the team. So, here’s a Better Know a Bruin look at Paille, the funnyman of the Bruins.

The Basics:

Daniel Joseph Paille

Born April 15, 1984 (age 28) in Welland, Ontario, Canada

Height: 6’1″ Weight: 200 lbs. Shoots: Left

Left wing, #20

Drafted in 2002, 20th overall, by the Buffalo Sabres

Joined the Bruins in October 2009 for a 2010 third-round draft pick in what was the first trade between the Bruins and Sabres–ever.

The Raw Statistics:

  • 2000-01: Guelph Storm (OHL): 64 games played, 22 goals and 31 assists (53 points), 57 penalty minutes, +7 rating. Playoffs: four games played, two goals (two points), two penalty minutes.
  • 2001-02: Guelph Storm: 62 games played, 27 goals and 30 assists (57 points), 54 penalty minutes, -1 rating. Playoffs: nine games played, five goals and two assists (seven points), nine penalty minutes.
  • 2002-03: Guelph Storm: 54 games played, 30 goals and 27 assists (57 points), 28 penalty minutes, +7 rating. Playoffs: 11 games played, eight goals, six assists (14 points), six penalty minutes.
  • 2003-04: Guelph Storm: 59 games played, 37 goals and 43 assists (80 points), 63 penalty minutes, +27 rating. Playoffs: 22 games played, nine goals and nine assists (18 points), 14 penalty minutes.
  • 2004-05: Rochester Americans (AHL): 79 games played, 14 goals and 15 assists (29 points), 54 penalty minutes, +7 rating.
  • 2005-06: Rochester Americans: 45 games played, 14 goals and 13 assists (27 points), 29 penalty minutes, +7 rating.
  • 2005-06: Buffalo Sabres (NHL): 14 games played, one goal and two assists (three points), two penalty minutes, +5 rating.
  • 2006-07: Rochester Americans: 29 games played, seven goals and 14 assists (21 points), 12 penalty minutes, +12 rating.
  • 2006-07: Buffalo Sabres: 29 games played, three goals and eight assists (11 points), 18 penalty minutes, +5 rating. Playoffs: one game played, no points or penalty minutes.
  • 2007-08: Buffalo Sabres: 77 games played, 19 goals and 16 assists (35 points), 14 penalty minutes, +9 rating.
  • 2008-09: Buffalo Sabres: 73 games played, 12 goals and 15 assists (27 points), 20 penalty minutes, even rating.
  • 2009-10: Buffalo Sabres: two games played, no goals and one assist (one point), no penalty minutes, +1 rating.
  • 2009-10: Boston Bruins: 74 games played, 10 goals and nine assists (19 points), 12 penalty minutes, -4 rating. Playoffs: 13 games played, two assists (two points), two penalty minutes.
  • 2010-11: Boston Bruins: 43 games played, six goals and seven assists (13 points), 28 penalty minutes, +3 rating. Playoffs: 25 games played, three goals and three assists (six points), four penalty minutes.
  • 2011-12: Boston Bruins: 69 games played, six goals and nine assists (15 points), 15 penalty minutes, -5 rating. Playoffs: seven games played, one goal (one point), two penalty minutes.

First NHL game: Dec. 22, 2005 at Florida Panthers

First NHL goal: Jan. 14, 2006 versus Los Angeles Kings

First NHL assist/point: Dec. 23, 2005 at Tampa Bay Lightning

Represented Canada at the 2003 World Junior Championships alongside team- and linemate Gregory Campbell. They won a silver medal. Was also captain of Canada’s junior team for the 2004 World Junior, repeating as silver medalist, and went to the 2004 Memorial Cup with the Storm.

Spent his Stanley Cup day, July 27, 2011, in and around Niagara Falls and Welland, Ontario, Canada.

The Fun Facts:

Enjoys taking walks around Boston with his dogs.

Would describe himself as ‘polite.’

As a kid, he loved his mom’s lasagna.

His ideal vacation spot is Greece.

If he could have any superpower, he’d pick the ability to teleport.

If he could be any other Bruin, he would be Bobby Orr. As a kid, he admired Steve Yzerman.

Married his longtime girlfriend, Dana, in 2009.

Bruins Instagram takeover, April 13, 2012.

The Videos:

Paille’s first-ever NHL fight, versus Matt Carkner, then of the Ottawa Senators. It took Paille 288 games before he got in a fight.

In a game against the Nashville Predators, Paille does some good work in the corner and then his Merlot mate Thornton helps him score a nice backhand goal.

Merlot comes together for a goal once again as Campbell sets Paille up for a goal to open the scoring against Ottawa in April 2011.

Paille is known for often picking up breakaways, but not always being able to finish the deal. However, in a January 2012 blowout of the Calgary Flames, he’s able to put it away and make it 9-0, which would be the final score.

The hit possibly heard ’round the world: Brooks Orpik of the Pittsburgh Penguins lays a huge one on Paille, who goes flying. Though he might not have flown the 25 feet that the commentators estimate he covered, he just picks himself right back up and gets back to business.


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