He will supplant defenseman Johnny Boychuk, who joined EC Red Bull Salzburg in Austria last month, as Boston's most recent globetrotter. Paille is the 12th Bruin to suit up in a European league.
He will join Bruins teammate Rich Peverley in the SM-liiga. Peverley has excelled playing for JYP Jyväskylä since last October, and has set the bar rather high for Paille with 18 points in 20 games.
The Bruins have a history with Ilves. Goaltender Tuukka Rask, who recently returned from a successful stint in the Czech Republic, spent three seasons with Ilves before joining the Providence Bruins in 2007.
Despite their NHL talent, Ilves rests at the very bottom of the SM-liiga standings. Paille should help to reverse the club's woeful record.
He will hope to match the success of his fellow Bruins, who have thrived throughout Europe. Bruins forwards Tyler Seguin, Patrice Bergeron and David Krejci are each averaging more than a point-per-game with their European clubs. Seguin has excelled in particular as he currently leads the Swiss National League in goals with 22.
Bruins fans will pray that Paille's stay in Finland is brief and that CBA negotiations wrap up in the immediate future, returning the full compliment of Bruins stars to the TD Garden.
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