Daniel Paille has signed a two-year extension. It is a $2.15 million contract, giving him a $1.075 million annual cap hit.
Paille had become an unrestricted free agent after the Bruins didn’t qualify him by Monday’s deadline. Had the Bruins qualified Paille, he would have been guaranteed a $1.35 million annual salary, and he would have gained arbitration rights. But the Bruins continued their negotiations with the fourth-line left wing with the intentions of re-signing him to a lower number.
Paille projects to be the No. 4 left wing and penalty-killing specialist. In 76 games this past season, Paille scored 10 goals and 10 assists while averaging 13:48 of ice time per appearance. Paille led all Boston forwards with 1:59 of PK time per game. Paille skated mostly with Steve Begin, so he’ll need another partner, possibly Gregory Campbell once the ex-Panther is extended.
The Bruins now have approximately $55 million in salary devoted to 2010-11.