Last week, the Islanders traded for the negotiating rights of Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle. This week, it appears unlikely that Boyle will sign as a free agent with the Islanders. Andy Strickland reports that chances are “slim” that Boyle inks a deal with the Islanders. No surprise there. Boyle is 37 years old and likely wants his last contract to be with a “winner”. Although the Islanders have plugged their gigantic hole in goal with Jaroslav Halak, I would imagine Boyle wants more of a sure thing.
Boyle has perpetually been a rumored target for the Rangers over the years. Although he’s not my first choice, I wouldn’t be shocked if Sather kicked the tires or even pursued him this summer. The impending loss of Anton Stralman will leave a hole on the right side. Boyle isn’t ideal considering his age, decreasing mobility, and injury concerns. But I could see the argument for moving Kevin Klein up to the second pair and playing Boyle in a limited third pair role with power play time.
Again, not my first choice. Probably not even ideal. But it is a scenario that could very well unfold this summer. Boyle is seeking a two year contract, which in the eyes of this basement dwelling blogger, is a deal breaker.
Did I mention that Boyle once won a Cup with Martin St. Louis? That means he must be coming to New York. #amiright