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Report: F Daniel Paille agrees to PTO with Blackhawks

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Report: F Daniel Paille agrees to PTO with Blackhawks

The Blackhawks will bring in unrestricted free-agent forward Daniel Paille to training camp on a professional tryout basis, TSN's Darren Dreger reported Sunday.

Paille, 31, spent the last six seasons with the Boston Bruins, and played an important part on the team's penalty kill unit during their 2011 Stanley Cup run.

Last season, he registered six goals and seven assists in 71 regular-season games, and logged an ice-time average of 11 minutes, 31 seconds.

Paille's three-year, $3.9 million contract expired last season.

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As of Sunday, the Blackhawks have just under $1 million left in cap space, which means — barring a trade or roster move — they have just enough room to add one more player at the right price. 

With the loss of Joakim Nordstrom, who was traded to Carolina and was expected to compete for a full-time roster spot on the Blackhawks' fourth line and penalty kill, Paille could fill in his role.

Veteran defenseman Jan Hejda also agreed to attend Blackhawks training camp on a PTO basis earlier this weekend. 

Training camp begins Friday.

 

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

Capitals' Devante Smith-Pelly speaks out about 'racially charged chanting' at United Center

After being on the receiving end of some racist taunts while he was in the penalty box during Saturday's game against the Blackhawks, Capitals winger Devante Smith-Pelly spoke publicly about the incident.

Smith-Pelly, a 25-year-old Canadian, reacted to the fans while he was in the box, going up to them from the other side of the glass. He addressed questions from the media about the incident on Sunday.

"I just heard some chanting, some, I guess, racially charged chanting," Smith-Pelly said. "You can tell by my reaction that I got pretty upset.

"What was said this time around crossed the line."

The Capitals released a statement about the incident:

"The Washington Capitals are extremely disappointed by the intolerant behavior extended toward Devante Smith-Pelly by a select group of fans during Saturday night's game against the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. The Capitals organization strives to be inclusive and has zero tolerance concerning any form of racism. Such behavior is unacceptable and has no place in hockey or society. As such, it is crucial to confront such appalling conduct, and the Capitals extend their appreciation to the Blackhawks organization and United Center security for swiftly removing the fans from the game."

The Blackhawks released a statement after the game with a similar tone.

Smith-Pelly said this has happened previously in his career.

"It's sad that in 2018 we're still talking about the same thing over and over," Smith-Pelly said. "It's sad that athletes like myself 30, 40 years ago were standing in the same spot saying the same thing. You'd think there'd be some sort of change or progression, but we're still working towards it I guess and we're going to keep working towards it."

The Capitals released the full interview.

Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

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Blackhawks release statement following incident that happened during game vs. Capitals

Four fans at the United Center were thrown out of Saturday's Blackhawks game for taunting Washington Capitals forward Devante Smith-Pelly with racist remarks.

Midway through the third period, Smith-Pelly, who is black, was in the penalty box when fans shouted "basketball, basketball, basketball" at him, the Washington Post reported.

Here is a GIF of Smith-Pelly's interaction with the fans:

After the game, the Blackhawks released this statement:

Capitals head coach Barry Trotz also had this to say about the incident: