Bruins Sign Veteran Jay Pandolfo
The Boston Bruins have started the season with a franchise best record of 8-1-1. A good start is key for any team hoping to capture a playoff spot in a lockout shortened season. However, a consequence of a shortened season is shortened training camps. Without training camps, players are more or less shot gunned into the season with little to no time to get in game shape. Players who aren’t physically ready to go are more likely to suffer injuries.
This is why the Bruins have added veteran winger Jay Pandolfo with a one year, two-way contract worth $600k. The signing should come as no surprise as Pandolfo has been practicing with the team since the start of training camp without a contract.
The veteran winger spent last season with the lowly New York Islanders where he scored 1 goal, 2 assists, and a -14 in 62 games. Throughout his career Pandolfo has 100 goals, 126 assists, and a +1 in 881 games. He also has 131 playoff games to his credit.
The Winchester, Mass native has spent nearly his entire 14 year NHL career with the New Jersey Devils where he won two Stanley Cup Championships in 99/00 and 02/03. Pandolfo was also a Boston University standout through the mid 90’s before being drafted by the Devils in the second round of the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
The Bruins will likely use Pandolfo in a 13th forward role. In this role he will be able to suit up for games as the injury bug shows his ugly head throughout the rest of the season. The B’s have already suffered a series of injuries to their forward core including Brad Marchand, Dan Paille, and Shawn Thornton. Pandolfo provides a cheap veteran safety net who can slot into the bottom six should the need arise.
Pandolfo will have to clear waivers before the deal becomes official, but it is unlikely anyone will claim him. Once he passes though, he will join the Boston Bruins roster. Pandolfo has been traveling with the team throughout most of the season and now he has a contract to show for it.
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