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Source: Pandolfo signed one-year deal with Bruins

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Source: Pandolfo signed one-year deal with Bruins

BOSTON -- After a month of skating and practicing with the team without a contract, the Bruins signed Jay Pandolfo to a one-year deal this week worth 600,000 according to a source with knowledge of the situation.

Eyebrows were raised when Pandolfo traveled to Buffalo for his first road trip with the team last weekend, and it appeared something was imminent this week.

The 38-year-old former New Jersey Devils forward had been practicing with the Bruins on a professional tryout agreement since training camp, but things have progressed a bit since the Tim Thomas trade to the New York Islanders at the end of last week.

This has been the perfect situation for me. Im at home with my family and able to stay in shape while skating with the team, said Pandolfo, a Burlington native who lives in Winchester with his wife and kids. I wouldnt have done this if it were any other situation besides the one in Boston. The organization has been very up front with me about everything, and hopefully that leads to good things soon.

The Thomas deal freed up a contract for the Bruins, who will stand at 49 player contracts with the Pandolfo signing. (Each NHL team is held to a ceiling of 50 individual player contracts.)

The Bruins were hesitant to give up their organizational flexibility by signing Pandolfo to the organizations 50th player contract, but that was no longer an issue after jettisoning Thomas. Its unknown if Pandolfo will head down to Providence to play in a few AHL games if he clears waivers. He was placed on waivers Tuesday.

Pandolfo had three points in 62 games for the New York Islanders last season, and represents ideal forward depth. He's a player capable of playing a bottom-six role and killing penalties while also providing the leadership that comes along with winning a pair of Stanley Cup titles in Jersey.

NHL rumors: High asking price for Bruins trade target Kevin Hayes?

NHL rumors: High asking price for Bruins trade target Kevin Hayes?

The Boston Bruins, according to multiple reports, traded for Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle on Wednesday in exchange for Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick. The B's still have enough assets to make another (and perhaps more impactful) trade, but will they meet the high asking prices across the NHL?

One player linked to the Bruins in trade rumors of late has been New York Rangers center Kevin Hayes. The 26-year-old forward is a Boston native and an alum of Boston College.

Hayes is eligible to be an unrestricted free agent this summer and the Rangers, who are not in playoff contention in the Eastern Conference, would be smart to deal him before the Feb. 25 trade deadline and get an asset or two for their rebuild.

So, what would the asking price be for Hayes? Bob McKenzie provided some insight Wednesday night on NBC Sports Network. He noted "the sense seems to be that Hayes could fetch a first-round pick and a prospect." 

Hayes would be quality addition for a B's team that very much needs secondary scoring. He's not worth a first-round draft pick and a valuable prospect, however. If the Bruins are willing to part with a first-rounder and a good young player, they should be part of a package for one of the top-tier rentals on the market. That group includes Ottawa Senators winger Mark Stone and center Matt Duchene, as well as Columbus Blue Jackets winger Artemi Panarin.

One of those three players would give the B's a legitimately better chance of reaching the Stanley Cup Final -- a road that would likely include a tough playoff series against the high-powered Tampa Bay Lightning. 

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Marc Savard calls Bruins' reported Charlie Coyle trade a "great pickup"

Marc Savard calls Bruins' reported Charlie Coyle trade a "great pickup"

The Boston Bruins reportedly traded for Minnesota Wild center Charlie Coyle on Wednesday, and one of the team's former players approves of the move.

Marc Savard, who played in Boston from 2006-07 through 2010-11, tweeted his thoughts on the trade shortly after reports started to surface.

Coyle has tallied 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) in 60 games this season. He's from East Weymouth, Mass., and played at Boston University. Coyle has not lived up to the expectations placed on him when he was selected in the first round of the 2010 NHL Draft, but a fresh start (he's spent all seven of his pro seasons in Minnesota) could jumpstart his career.

The price to acquire Coyle was not cheap, though. The Bruins sent talented 22-year-old forward Ryan Donato and a fifth-round draft pick to Minnesota. Coyle, however, is better equipped to help the Bruins win right now -- he's a stronger two-way player than Donato at this stage of their respective careers.

Time will tell if this move was a good one for the Bruins, but if this is the only deal they make before the trade deadline, it's hard to imagine them beating the Tampa Bay Lightning if these rivals meet in the Stanley Cup playoffs.

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