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Friday, July 5, 2013

Bruins’ Paille headed to Holman

NASHUA – There’s been a lot of Boston Bruins news in just the near two weeks since the Stanley Cup Finals ended, but for fans of both the B’s and the Nashua Silver Knights, here’s the biggest news:

Daniel Paille is coming to Holman Stadium. ...

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NASHUA – There’s been a lot of Boston Bruins news in just the near two weeks since the Stanley Cup Finals ended, but for fans of both the B’s and the Nashua Silver Knights, here’s the biggest news:

Daniel Paille is coming to Holman Stadium.

Silver Knights VP of Marketing/Promotions Jon Goode was sweating out who he could get for the pre-ordained July 28 Bruins Night promotion as the Bruins kept advancing. He had Shawn Thornton make an appearance the team’s first year, just a short time after winning the Cup, and Andrew Ference (now a former Bruin after signing with Edmonton on Friday) was very popular during his visit last summer.

“Pretty much,” Goode said when asked if he was up against it.

“People were always asking me, ‘Who is the Bruin going to be this year?’ But the fact we’ve been able to get three different players the three years is pretty good. I probably would’ve tried Thornton again or tried one of the old-time Bruins, like Terry O’Reilly or someone like that.”

But Goode has worked in various promotions with Paille in the past, and the winger was receptive to the idea. So much so the Silver Knights are flying him in.

“It’s great,” Goode said. “He’s a recognizable name, plays night in, night out, doesn’t get scratched. This speaks volumes about how he feels about our organization. These guys don’t need to do this, they could be home with their families instead.

“He’ll be great with the fans. You know how Bruins players are. He’s one of the good ones (for promotions). I’d rather go with (a player) we know. He’ll represent the Bruins and the Silver Knights well.”

Good news

Lefty Chris Good is ready to rejoin the Silver Knights pitching rotation, Knights manager J.P. Pyne announced Friday.

Good had missed his last two starts, including Friday’s, with a tired left arm, but pitched in a simulated game on Wednesday and the team was waiting a day or two to see how his arm responded. Everything is fine, Pyne said.

“If we can, we might give him an inning on Sunday or Monday, if it presents itself on a silver platter,” Pyne said, meaning if there’s a chance in a non-pressure/blowout situation. “He responded well to the simulated game.”

Hudson’s Travis Terrill took Good’s spot in the rotation, including Friday’s game. Pyne said he’ll go back to the bullpen.

“He’s willing to do whatever it takes to help the team win,” Pyne said. “He’ll be even better out of the pen with the experience he’s had here.”

Notes

RESTING UP: Third baseman Bryan Toland, who scored three runs in Nashua’s 11-6 win at Pittsfield on July 4 and was the FCBL Player of the Night, was given Friday night off by Pyne. He’s healthy, but Pyne has been resting players with a busy month and the team not due for a day off again until July 19.

Knights outfielder Alex Alstott injured his hip in Wednesday night’s win and didn’t play on Thursday and Pyne rested him again on Friday. He was available to pinch-hit, however.

ON DECK: Nashua visits the Seacoast Mavericks in Portsmouth on Saturday with Alek Morency (2-0, 1.13) making the start at 6:35 p.m. They host Torrington on Sunday (Matt Tulley, 1-0, 1.65) and Monday night have a makeup game at Old Orchard (Tom Hudon, 1-0, 2.25).

Tuesday’s game at Holman against Wachusett is a special 11 a.m. Camp Day start.