WILMINGTON -- After a trip back to his former home in Buffalo to retrieve his belongings, Daniel Paille got back to acclimating himself to life with the Bruins Tuesday during practice at Ristuccia Arena.
Paille has been on a bit of a whirlwind tour, as he was dealt from the Sabres to the Bruins last Tuesday while Buffalo was on the road. He joined the Bruins for their game at home against Nashville the next night and then joined the team on its two-game road trip to Philadelphia and Ottawa.
If that wasn't enough of a jolt to his system, he also went from skating in just two games over three weeks and averaging around 10 minutes of ice time to skating about 16 minutes a game in his first three contests in black and gold.
"I got to play a ton this weekend; I'm real fortunate about that," said Paille. "I was just happy with the way I played, but obviously there's room for improvement. But I'm really happy right now. And all I can do is keep working."
Paille became expendable in Buffalo for stated reasons (the Sabres had too many left-wingers) and possibly rumored ones (he wasn't playing with enough grit and intensity). As a Bruins, however, he's filled a void by bringing speed to the club's bottom six and giving the struggling penalty kill a jolt. Since he joined Boston, the Bruins have killed off all of their last eight shorthanded situations.
"I like the penalty kill a lot," said Paille, who specialized in shutting down power plays while in Buffalo. "I thought we positioned ourselves well on the weekend. Everyone just seemed committed to getting into the lanes and the passing lanes as well. And when it came time to forecheck, we went for it as well. So I thought we did well all weekend."
The lack of playing time in Buffalo didn't grow any rust on Paille because the Sabres' staff "bag skated" him enough to keep him game ready. That's benefited the Bruins, who have given the 25-year-old a new lease on his NHL career.
"In Buffalo, I had a great time. But obviously you want to play in the games," he said. "Just having been traded and [getting] to play right away, I feel like everything is brand new. I'm trying to get to know the guys, the media, and the systems, and that stuff. So obviously it brings the excitement a lot more than normal."
All hands on deck
With Paille back, all the active players took part in the hourlong practice today. The team did a lot of breakout and neutral-zone work, as well as shoot-outs and one-on-one battles.
Chiarelli on injured list
Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli attended practice Tuesday sporting crutches. Chiarelli had arthroscopic surgery to repair some knee cartilage damage he suffered over the summer. No word on whether coach Claude Julien is avoiding the injury bug by carrying around a lucky rabbit's foot.