Report: Blackhawks Agree To PTO With Daniel Paille

Paille, 31, was originally the 20th overall pick in the 2002 NHL Draft by the Buffalo Sabres. He spent the last six seasons with the Bruins, appearing in 74 postseason games with Boston including 25 with the 2011 Stanley Cup Champions. He posted six goals and seven assists in 71 games last season.

31 thoughts on “Report: Blackhawks Agree To PTO With Daniel Paille

  • September 14, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Am I right in assuming he is fighting for the 3c spot?

  • September 14, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I’m thinking more of a 4th line PK specialist…

    Competition is good. Not sure how this impacts Morin, Tropp and others?

    Maybe another trade (Bickell) is in the works?

  • September 14, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Uncle Hoss – Paille is a winger so he would be fighting for a 4th line spot. I think he would be a nice pickup but the Hawks don’t have the cap space to sign both Hejda and Paille even if both agree to play for league minimum. Something else needs to happen to free up cap space.

    Paille has good speed and plays hard all the time. His best spot is probably LW on the 4th line but we have Desjardins there so … ?

  • September 14, 2015 at 11:10 am

    Question about contracts. I thought Morin and Tropp had 1 way deals and because of that their cap hit would count even if they were sent to Rockford. Everything regarding cap space free with the Hawks has them in Rockford already and not counting against the cap. Can someone explain this to me?

  • September 14, 2015 at 11:23 am

    I could have sworn that Morin and Tropp had 1 way deals and that burying them in Rockford wouldn’t alleviate cap space. Yet every thing I’m looking at has them not counting against the cap while in Rockford. Am I mistaken on their contracts or is there something I don’t understand?

  • September 14, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Good depth move on Paille. I highly doubt Morin or Tropp are in the mix for anything more then a outside change at the 4th line. Below is assuming Kane isn’t at practice and isn’t here on friday

    Forwards locks

    That’s 8 locks based solely on contract and health/off ice issues

    In the Mix-I’d be surprised if any of these guys doesn’t make the team.

    Bickell-LW, likely here depending on health
    Dano-LW, likely here but contract allows him to go down
    Tikhonov-2nd line RW? I believe he is a winger and not a center
    Panarin-Complete wild card, deal will allow him to return the KHL if he doesn’t make the team.

    8+4=12, Morin, Tropp and Paille will have to unseat one of these guys to stick, not a bad thing to have competition.

  • September 14, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Any player can be buried in Rockford but only the first $950K of their AAV is “saved” from counting against the cap. In other words if a player making $2M AAV is sent down, only $950K is saved – the other $1.050M still counts against the cap. Therefore, players making less than $950K AAV – like Morin and Tropp – can be sent down with none of their salary counting against the cap. The one-way versus two-way type contract just means that one-way contracts pay the player his NHL salary whether he is on the NHL roster or playing in the NHL. A two-way contract would pay the player a lot less when he is playing in the AHL than when he plays in the NHL.

    So a player like Morin (assuming he is on a one-way contract) would get paid $800K whether he plays for the Hawks or the Icehogs. Whereas a player with a two-way contract making $800K would get paid the pro-rated $800K salary for the time he’s on the Hawk’s roster and a pro-rated salary of something like $65K for the time he’s not on the Hawk’s roster (sent down).

  • September 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Correction to above post:

    The one-way versus two-way type contract just means that one-way contracts pay the player his NHL salary whether he is on the NHL roster or playing in the AHL

  • September 14, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    @ EB

    Kane will likely open the season on “person leave” and his salary will likely be available to use. Which is why guys like Paille and Hejda will be attending camp.

  • September 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm

    I like the Paille and Hejda PTO’s. I like professional leadership taking the young talent and making them see the game the right way. Even if they don’t make the team, their knowledge and experience during training camp, practices and pre-season games in invaluable.

    The Hawks have a lot of young talent to develop this year and beyond.

  • September 14, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    One way contracts have to pass thru waivers before player gets assigned to AHL (on full salary of course, but does not count v. cap per Ebony nice overview tx). One would think Morin will be claimed off waivers by lower level team (i. e. Carolina, Arizona, etc…) that has cap space and take a chance on skilled player like him. Tropp would likely clear waivers.

  • September 14, 2015 at 1:54 pm

    Thanks guys! I appreciate the info!

  • September 14, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I would be surprised if Kane is not on the ice when the Hawks open camp.

  • September 14, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    There is no chance Kane is at camp. None barring a miraculous and sudden unforeseen change of events with his legal crisis.

  • September 14, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Over the next 24-48 hours we should know if Rufus is right or Hawks1961 is right…Darren Dreger reporting Kane WILL be at camp…I tend to side with Rufus and say no way. Cannot see the Blackhawk organization allowing that kind of media circus to go on to the distraction of all the other players and the goodwill so carefully built up over the past few years to go through this.

  • September 15, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    I think the best thing for Kane right now is to play some hockey. Why not practice? Media circus? Sure, but not when he is on the ice. Kane can simply wear sunglasses and tell media people “no comment”. The longer 88 is out of the picture the more perception leans towards negative judgments. I am sure he getting good advice though and will do what those people believe that can give him the help to get through this most unpleasant ordeal. No fun either way. Likely we might not see Kane until this grand jury meets and some real direction is found. No fun.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • September 16, 2015 at 12:32 am

    Paille scored the winning goal in overtime against the hawks in game 2 of the 2013 final, if i recall correctly. Huge goal at the time made it 1-1 going back to Boston.

    The guy is very hard on the puck, knows his role and is very good at it. Put it this way, I like him better than Corey Tropp or Jeremy Morin on the 4th line.

  • September 16, 2015 at 6:13 am

    Seems like Paille will be essentially replacing Nordstrom, who also was a good defensive forward with limited offensive upside. As of right now, it seems to me that none of the rookie forwards will be expected to make the team with this huge logjam of forwards. It looks like the Hawks want their younger guys to develop in Rockford a bit longer and perhaps do what they did with Teuvo and perhaps give one a mid season call-up. That worked out very well last season

  • September 16, 2015 at 8:01 am

    Pialle- actually put up some decent #’s as Junior/early NHL… so at one time he could actually finish…

    Loved what Desi brought last year… but Pialle might actually be better???

    At least my buddy who is Huge Bruins fan thinks so…

  • September 16, 2015 at 8:05 am

    Tick-Tock Tick-Tock… to the season

    and Kane-gate 2015… will he be at camp/will he NOT be at camp??????

    Dreger said 24-48hrs. clock is tickin- we should know soon!!!

  • September 16, 2015 at 8:26 am

    Darren Dreger doesn’t see any reason for Kane to miss training camp.
    Rufus doesn’t think there’s a chance Kane is at camp.

    I’ll leave that one up to the peanut gallery…

  • September 16, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Well Tab, you have become a de facto apologist for Kane. He won’t be in camp. Because there is no way the Hawks’ brass wants him in camp and he knows it. The guy has been a prisoner of his own home for 6 weeks. That’s not going to change. But hey, we all look forward to your keen investigative reporting on this subject. And guess what pal, it’s a blog. A blog of opinions. Guess you didn’t get the jist of how this site was going to work when you set it up?!? Keep your fellow apologist douche Hof occupied?!?

  • September 16, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Note to Rufus: NOTHING I have done or said would qualify as being “a de facto apologist for Kane.” I’m a realist. You should try it some time. It’s fun.


  • September 16, 2015 at 9:15 am

    I suppose Dreger is a Kane apologist too…

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:05 am

    This just in – Kane will be at camp. Tab 1, Rufus 0

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:28 am

    Good news. As I mentioned yesterday, this was the logical choice and one we should be pleased to see. This Hawks team is for the most part a very, very experienced group. They know how to face adversity and welcome challenges on the ice and off. These guys are a tight knit bunch and will stick together. Lest we forget, they are champions.

    Lets Go Hawks!

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Veteran defensemen Michal Rozsival and Lubomir Visnovsky will attend training camp with the Chicago Blackhawks on professional tryouts as the team announced its training camp roster Wednesday.

    Also invited to camp were forwards Jake Dowell and Daniel Paille, and defensemen Kyle Cumiskey and Jan Hejda.

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:45 am

    Let the moaning and groaning begin…

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

    [humming Jeopardy them waiting for Rufus to tell me about how there’s no way in hell the organization will let Kane near training camp]

  • September 16, 2015 at 10:58 am

    Visnovsky could be a nice add. Little long in the tooth but he was excellent for the Oilers once upon a time.

    Surprised to hear the news about Kane attending. As i understand it even if there’s a settlement between parties the matter can still go to trial. Doubtful it would happen but it can. The settlement has to happen before the indictment comes down as well or there’s no way to avoid a trial.

  • September 19, 2015 at 3:27 am

    I thought it was league min. .550 plus .375 for cap hit, .925 or less.

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