Pandolfo is a native of Burlington, Mass. and has 100 goals and 126 assists to date in his NHL career of just under 900 games played. He attended Boston University and played for the Terriers for four years from 1992 to 1996 and was selected by the New Jersey Devils in the 1993 entry draft.
While with the Devils, he was part of two separate Stanley Cup champion teams in 2000 and 2003. His tenure with New Jersey, whether in the NHL or with their AHL affiliate, ran all the way from the 1995-96 season to 2009-10, save for the lockout that wiped out the 2004-05 season and saw him playing a stint in Austria. He then spent a season with the New York Islanders in 2011-12.
He had been with the Bruins on a professional tryout agreement since training camp opened exactly a month ago today, which meant he was able to travel with the team and take part in practices, but was not allowed to suit up for actual games.
As a two-time Stanley Cup champion, Pandolfo has the same sort of winning record as Mark Recchi did when he was with the Bruins. Perhaps this is part of why the team signed him: to bring more veteran leadership and experience into the locker room.
Pandolfo said that signing with the Bruins was his main goal because he didn't want to go anywhere else, especially not away from his hometown and where his family is.