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02-04-2013, 03:11 PM
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Loge 31 Row 10
Kind of a misunderstood player (see that idiotic nickname) but the exact kind of guy you win with. Cut from the Bergeron character cloth of respectful, hard working, keep-mouth-shut and do what's best for the team fold.
He takes most of Axelsson's smarts and adds some speed and lot of toughness to that role. His willingness to play 4th line even though he is a third liner on many teams and his willingness to respectfully sit at length through coach's decisions show what a team guy he is. As much as I liked Axelsson, he refused any 4th line duty and it probably hurt the team on a couple of occasions when they were trying to groom someone.
First line speed, average bottom six hands (that's right), average shooting percentage and generally above average stats for his ES minutes.
A dirty area player every shift and every night--and they are far more rare than some may think.
Not a conventional 4th liner (and that's a good thing here) but one of the bravest guys on the team and in the league.
One of Chiarelli's best trades. A team-builder. A clear win.
Paille earned that Cup ring. Did his job about as good as it could have been done. Much respect.
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