The Bruins welcomed a veteran presence into their locker room on Tuesday, signing 38-year old forward Jay Pandolfo to the club with a one-year deal. According to the Globe’s Kevin Paul Dupont, Pandolfo’s two-way deal is for a pro-rated value of $660,000 at the NHL level and $350,000 in the AHL.
Pandolfo, who tallied just 3 points and a -14 plus-minus in 62 games with the Islanders last year, has been with the Bruins since training camp on a tryout agreement, but didn’t receive an official contract from the team until Tuesday. Pandolfo traveled with the team to Buffalo over the weekend, his first road trip of the season, indicating that a contract might have been in the works.
The Burlington, MA native spent 13 seasons and won two Stanley Cups (2000 & 2003) with the New Jersey Devils after being drafted in the second round of the 1993 NHL draft out of Boston University. Despite his age, Pandolfo, who was also a Selke Award finalist in 2007, may be help the B’s with his defensive knowledge, experience and, most importantly, added depth to the roster.