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Pandolfo travels with Bruins despite lack of contract

Feb 10, 2013, 6:29 PM EDT

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Veteran forward Jay Pandolfo is on the small list of out-of-work free agents who are getting regular practice time with potential new employers. The latest development indicates there’s at least a chance he’ll get to play actual NHL games.

The Boston Bruins currently have him signed to a professional tryout.’s Joe Haggerty believes that the 38-year-old’s inclusion in a road trip is a good sign that he might just get a real deal.

Pandolfo seems comfortable with his situation.

“We’ve been talking and it’s been good being around the guys and getting comfortable. They’ve been honest with me right from the start, and that makes it easier as a player if you know exactly what’s going on,” said Pandolfo. “I appreciate that they’ve done that. It’s made it easier for me so I can come in and be patient. They were honest with me right from the start of camp.”

Even if the Bruins grant his wish, he expects to round into shape by playing with the Providence Bruins in the AHL.

“You can be in the best shape in the world, but being in game shape is totally different,” said Pandolfo. “I would think [playing in Providence] is something that could definitely happen, I would guess. That’s something just to get into game shape rather than getting thrown into games. I’m sure that’s something that will get talked about.”

  1. hockeyflow33 - Feb 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Any idea how much he gets paid, if anything, for this?

    • prd797 - Feb 10, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      You’d expect that he’d get a 2-way deal, with the veteran minimum (525k for the previous CBA, likely the same now) if he stays in the NHL, which is probably not likely. Bruins have some more cap space from that Thomas cap dump, so could end up being more like 600k to reward Pandolfo’s patience.

      I’m surprised more teams aren’t in similar situations as there are several veteran NHLers without a team who haven’t thrown up their hands and signed in Europe.

      • hockeyflow33 - Feb 10, 2013 at 11:23 PM

        Nah, I meant during the tryout agreement. It would be interesting to find out the specifics of that type of contract.

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