Bruins sign Jay Pandolfo
Boston Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli announced Tuesday that the team has signed forward Jay Pandolfo to a one-year, two-way contract through the 2012-13 season. The contract is worth $600,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 in the minor leagues.
With 14 NHL seasons under his belt, Pandolfo is expected to split time between Boston and Providence this season, providing added depth to the club and serving as a veteran mentor to the younger P-Bruins players.
The 38-year-old will act as the team’s spare forward when injuries strike and will have a third or fourth-line role at left wing. He may also serve some penalty-killing duties.
The 6-foot-1, 190-pound native of Burlington, Mass. is a veteran of 881 career NHL games and has registered 100 goals and 126 assists over 14 seasons with the New Jersey Devils and New York Islanders. He has appeared in 131 career playoff games and has tallied 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points. Pandolfo is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Devils in both 2000 and 2003.
He set a career high in goals with 14 during the 1998-99 season and contributed a career best 14 assists during the 2006-07 season. He was also a finalist for the Selke Trophy during the 2006-07 season.
Pandolfo played four seasons of college hockey at Boston University from 1992-1996. He posted 38 goals and 29 assists in 40 games during his senior season in 1996.
Pandolfo, who was reportedly key in organizing Bruins workouts at BU’s Agganis Arena during the lockout, had been with the Bruins on a Professional Tryout Agreement since the start of training camp on Jan. 13.