The Bruins have re-signed Daniel Paille to a three-year, $3.9 million extension. Chris Bourque, acquired last Saturday from Washington for Zach Hamill, has signed a two-year contract. The first year of Bourque’s contract will be a two-way deal when he will make $550,000 in the NHL and $200,000 in Providence. The second year of Bourque’s contract is one-way, when he will earn $550,000 at either level.
Paille was originally acquired from Buffalo on Oct. 20, 2009 for a 2010 third-round pick. Paille was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. The fourth-line left wing and penalty-killing specialist scored nine goals and six assists in 69 games in 2011-12. Fourth-line center Gregory Campbell’s contract will expire on July 1.
Bourque could be in the mix for bottom-six NHL duty if he has a strong training camp. Otherwise, Bourque will be the go-to scorer in Providence. Bourque led the AHL in scoring while playing for Hershey this past season.
GM Peter Chiarelli is scheduled to speak during a conference call at 3 p.m. Chiarelli is expected to address ESPN.com’s report on Tim Thomas considering taking 2012-13 off.