Jay Pandolfo has been invited to Bruins training camp, according to two sources familiar with the decision.
The ex-Boston University star played for the Islanders in 2011-12. Pandolfo scored one goal and two assists in 62 games while averaging 10:55 of ice time per appearance.
The Bruins have an opening at left wing on the No. 3 line alongside Chris Kelly and Rich Peverley. The Bruins traded Benoit Pouliot to Tampa Bay on June 23. Pandolfo could be in the mix. Other candidates include Chris Bourque and Daniel Paille, if the Bruins opt to bump the speedy No. 4 left wing up a line. If Paille skates on the third line, Pandolfo, Bourque, or Lane MacDermid could skate on the fourth line with Gregory Campbell and Shawn Thornton.
Pandolfo has been practicing with the Bruins all week, both at Ristuccia Arena and at BU’s Agganis Arena. On Friday, Pandolfo wore a Bruins practice jersey for the first time. When asked about the uniform, Pandolfo said he was given the Bruins sweater to fit in with the rest of the players.
The Burlington native played for Claude Julien in 2006-07 when the current Bruins coach stood behind the New Jersey bench. The 38-year-old Pandolfo is a defense-first left wing who can kill penalties.
The Bruins considered inviting Pandolfo to camp prior to the 2011-12 season. Instead, the Bruins invited former Washington captain Chris Clark. The Bruins didn’t sign Clark.