Rangers sign Daniel Paille to two-way deal; How this affects the lineup
This afternoon, Ryan Kennedy announced that the Rangers had signed veteran winger Daniel Paille to a contract. It was later reported by Sean Hartnett that the deal was a one year, two way deal valued at $575,000 in the NHL and $110,000 in the AHL.
Paille has been in the AHL this season with the Rockford Ice Hogs after spending the last six seasons with the Boston Bruins. He was drafted 20th overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and has appeared in 570 NHL games, scoring 85 goals and 172 points in that span. Last season he had six goals and seven assists in 71 games.
He also won the Stanley Cup with the Bruins back in 2011, scoring three goals with three assists and only four penalty minutes as the Bruins defeated the Vancouver Canucks.
Paille is a fourth line/depth left-winger that is known as a “grinder” with some speed and a decent skating ability. Although he isn’t known as a shutdown defensive forward, he’s an excellent penalty killer, which is exactly why the Rangers signed him. The Rangers are currently 25th in the league (78.9%) on the penalty kill.
“We brought him in for depth and also for a specific role,” Vigneault said in a press conference. “He’d been playing fourth line, penalty killing role in Boston for quite some time, and out penalty killing could use some real good help. Now we have a guy that’s got an established presence and knowledge of penalty killing. Hopefully he’ll be able to come in and help us.”
It was also announced that Paille would travel with the team to Carolina for Friday’s game, but no lineups have been announced. Chris Kreider will be assessed around game-time due to neck spasms that kept him out of practice today, but my guess is that Paille serves as the new 13th forward. Jayson Megna really isn’t a fourth line kind of player, but he hasn’t been consistent in the top-nine either. So he’s a likely candidate to be sent down to Hartford.
Paille seems to have a bit more skill at scoring goals than Tanner Glass, and he’s a better penalty killer. But his possession metrics are almost identical, with both players hovering around a 46 CF%. A fourth line with Paille and Glass scares me, but Paille with Fast or Lindberg on the right wing could work just fine.
It’s also pretty cool that he will have a close friend as soon as he comes into the locker room, because Paille and Dan Girardi both grew up Welland, Ontario and the two played together through major junior hockey in Guelph. Now they’re back on the same team again.
“It’s something I’ve been fighting for all year, and believing in that hope that I could get back (to the NHL),” Paille told Jim Cerny of BlueshirtsUnited.com. “I can’t say enough good things about Rockford and how they handled me this season. This all unraveled so quickly, and I am really excited to be here now.”
I saw a few tweets from Boston area reporters and writers that knew Paille, and it seems like he’s really held in high regard as a person and depth player. So overall, it’s a nice pickup by Gorton that helps address a serious concern.
Chris Kreider-Derek Stepan-Rick Nash
JT Miller-Derick Brassard-Mats Zuccarello
Oscar Lindberg-Kevin Hayes-Viktor Stalberg
Daniel Paille-Dominic Moore-Jesper Fast
Posted on January 21, 2016, in Rangers Updates and tagged Alain Vigneault, Daniel Paille, Dominic Moore, Jayson Megna, Jeff Gorton, New York Rangers, New York Rangers blog, NYR, Paille Rangers, Rangers, Rangers blog, Tanner Glass. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.