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Daniel Paille talks third-line possibility

MIDDLETON — Bruins winger Daniel Paille [1] joined linemate Shawn Thornton [2] and B’s goalie Tuukka Rask [3] for Thornton’s fourth annual Putts and Punches for Parkinson’s tournament at Ferncroft Country Club Monday, and he acknowledged the possibility that he might not be a linemate of Thornton’s for long.

With all of the turnover that has occurred on offense this summer, the Bruins are left with a vacant spot on the third line. Assuming Chris Kelly [4] and Carl Soderberg make up two thirds of the third line, the B’s will have their choice of guys like Jordan Caron, Jared Knight,¬†Matt Fraser, Reilly Smith, Ryan Spooner and Carter Camper, among others.

Or they could bump up Paille, who was an unsung hero of sorts last season with 10 goals in the shortened season and four more in the playoffs. That would allow one of the younger players to be slipped into his spot on the fourth line with Thornton and Gregory Campbell [5].

Paille, who isn’t too far removed from his days as a healthy scratch, would love the idea of being moved up, but he isn’t going to bank on it or change his approach.

“I don’t want to change too much,” Paille said. “I want to continue the trend I had last year and build off that. If an opportunity comes up where I’m able to take advantage of the situation where I could play that third line spot, I definitely will. I’m not quite sure what the circumstances are going to be at this point.

“I’m not really going to go with too many expectations. I’m going to go into training camp and see what the position will be, and I definitely have no problem playing with Soupy and Thorty because we’ve done very well in the past.”