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Bruins’ Paille (upper body) is ready to return to action

Apr 29, 2014, 7:50 PM EDT

Daniel Paille, Tyler Ennis AP

The Boston Bruins believe that forward Daniel Paille will be ready to play in the team’s next playoff game,’s Joe Haggerty reports.

While the Bruins only deem it an upper-body injury, Haggerty points out that many think it’s a concussion. Paille himself acknowledged that it’s his third head injury of the season, although he indicates that his symptoms haven’t been severe (at least in this case).

“It definitely feels good to get a good, full contact practice going,” said Paille. “Because this was my third [head] injury this year, there were a lot more precautions to go through this time around. I believe I could have played midway through the last series.

“I didn’t feel like I had too many symptoms/injuries, but I had to continue with that process. I heard Claude say that I felt ‘great’ after the first day, and I did. There was no question about that.”

Here’s video of the hit that put him on the shelf on April 12:

He also suffered from concussion-like symptoms in March and December, so it’s easy to see why the Bruins are trying to be cautious with the 30-year-old.

Paille scored nine goals and 18 points with a +9 rating in 72 regular season games with the Bruins this season.

  1. sixchr - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Just hoping he doesn’t get knocked back to looneyville after all the concussions this year because he’s a big upgrade over Caron on the fourth line and the Bruins could use his speed against the Canadiens.

    • govtminion - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:30 PM

      Agreed. I know Caron had a big goal in this series, but… seriously, anything that puts him back on the bench is a help. Defensively inept, takes dumb penalties, always seems confused about what’s going on… Paille is a huge improvement, no the least of reasons being that his PK play is usually fantastic.

      • strictlythedanks - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:46 PM

        they dont call her Caron for nothing

      • sabatimus - Apr 29, 2014 at 9:08 PM

        Caron was terrible in the regular season, but has been much better in the post. That said, I’d still bench him for Paille.

        And strictlythedanks, I hope you’re not being misogynist here.

  2. bigbadbruins77 - Apr 29, 2014 at 8:27 PM

    Yipee paille mother efr!!! His speed grit and nose for the net will be huge.

  3. pastabelly - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:34 PM

    Paille is fast, has skills, and is solid on the penalty kill. I wonder if Caron or Florek will be the odd man out.

    • bildomatic - Apr 30, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      Reports I’ve heard have said that Caron is in for Paille and Florek is in for Kelly. Meaning if Paille returns then Caron would be out and Florek would be out when/if Kelly returns.

  4. shutton83 - Apr 29, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    Paille being back gets the Merlot line back at full force which we will need against the Habs, the only thing that worries me now is the severity of Kelly’s injury given that he’s still out. Kelly is way undervalued in his contributions to the 3rd line, Florek’s looked good but Kelly would get the chemistry back.

  5. gallyhatch - Apr 30, 2014 at 6:53 AM

    “The Boston Bruins believe that forward Daniel Paille will be ready to play in the team’s next playoff game,’s Joe Haggerty reports.”

    That’s an odd way of saying that Paille has been medically cleared to play.

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