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Blackhawks sign Daniel Paille to professional tryout contract, per report

The former Bruins forward will be joining the Hawks for training camp looking to surprise and earn a roster spot.

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Free agent forward Daniel Paille and the Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a professional tryout contract, reports TSN's Darren Dreger. He's the second veteran player to agree to a PTO this week after 37-year-old defenseman Jan Hejda, who will also be attending training camp hoping to earn a spot on the roster.

Paille, 31, spent the past five-plus years as a member of the Boston Bruins after beginning his career with the Buffalo Sabres. A defensive-minded forward who plays on the lower lines, Paille has cracked double-digit goals just once in the past five years and last reached 20 points during the 2009-10 season. Most recently, he put up 13 points (six goals, seven assists) in 71 games with Boston in 2014-15.

The lefty-shooting winger isn't known for his offense, though, and generally takes more zone starts on the defensive end from game-to-game. That helps to explain his ugly Corsi numbers, which have been negative every year, although it would be a little out of character for Chicago to add a player with such a middling advanced stats profile.

As with Hejda, there's little risk in the move, though. It's much harder to imagine Paille cracking the roster than the former Avalanche defenseman given all the competition he'll be facing, but I don't think it's surprising to see some late additions to training camp like this. What would be harder to believe is Paille finding room in a crowded forward situation, even if Patrick Kane's absence opens up an extra spot. Still, there's not much risk, and Paille has the Stanley Cup experience that teams always value. Now he'll get a chance to show what he can do at the University of Notre Dame in a few days.