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[Report] Dan Boyle's rights traded to NYI

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as per NHL.com


The San Jose Sharks traded the rights to defenseman Dan Boyle to the New York Islanders on Thursday for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft. Boyle can become an unrestricted free agent July 1.

If Boyle, 37, signs with the Islanders prior to the start of the 2014-15 season, the Islanders will instead send their 2015 fourth-round pick to the Sharks.

In 75 games this season, Boyle had 12 goals and 36 points, and four assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games. With the Sharks looking to get younger, general manager Doug Wilson said last month the team would not be offering Boyle a contract.

"I cannot say enough about the kind of guy he is, the player, everything that he brought to the table for us. An ultimate competitor," Wilson said of Boyle. "We're going to go forward transitioning this team to the young players on the back end, but first and foremost there is a great appreciation for Dan."

Boyle spent the past six seasons with the Sharks, and is their all-time leader in goals (68), assists (201) and points (269) by a defenseman; his 431 games are seventh.

In 15 NHL seasons with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Sharks, Boyle has 144 goals and 561 points in 954 games. He's fourth among active defensemen in goals and points.

The New York Islanders announced today that defenseman Dan Boyle has been acquired from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a conditional fifth-round pick in the 2015 National Hockey League Draft. The exchanged pick becomes a fourth-round selection if Boyle signs with the Islanders.

Boyle, 37, led all San Jose Sharks defensemen in points (36) and goals (12) in 75 games this past season. The Ottawa, ON, native added four assists in seven Stanley Cup Playoff games.

In 954 career regular-season NHL games with the Florida Panthers, Tampa Bay Lightning and San Jose, Boyle has 561 points (144 goals, 417 assists). He ranks 46th all-time in scoring among NHL defenseman and is fourth among active defensemen. Boyle has appeared in at least 75 games in nine of the last 10 full NHL seasons.

In his 15-year NHL career, Boyle has scored 70 points (14 goals, 56 assists) in 107 career playoff games. He ranks 28th all-time in playoff scoring among NHL defensemen and is third among active defensemen. Boyle was a member of the 2004 Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

The 5’11, 190-pound defenseman has participated in two NHL All-Star Games (2009, 2011) and was named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team at the completion of the 2006-07 and 2008-09 seasons.

On the international stage, Boyle won gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. He also represented Canada at the 2005 World Championships, winning silver.

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The blowup in SJ has begun.

NYI has lots of youth so a calming veteran like Boyle might be what they need. If they can sign him at a good price, that'd be a great addition. Lots of potential with Halak signed there. Look for them to make it into the very crowded East 8th spot next year.

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Great move by the Islanders and hopefully the start of major changes this off-season for them. If they can lock up Boyle for $5M per over 2 year, that would be a good start for them. The Isles have nothing but money to spend this off-season, and getting Boyle would be terrific for them. All this team is missing 2-3 solid defensemen. They can score and they solidified their goaltending with Halak. If they can sign Boyle, along with one more potential free agent (ie: Pitkanen, Meszaros, Mitchell, Markov, Quincey, Niskanen, Orpik), they would be looking like a mighty good bet to make the playoffs and perhaps do a little damage. There is no other team in the NHL I want to succeed more then the Islanders. So hopefully this is the start of good things.

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It'd be kinda neat if they could lock him down, they could use a vet like him. He's slowing down a bit, so he might be better suited to playing in the East again anyway.

I think he'll go to UFA and weigh his options, but won't be surprised if he signs.

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They absolutely need another right hand shot, with Hamonic being their only quality defender who doesn't shoot from the left. Whether he signs there is another story.

Less of a need for Tanev if they can sign him :(

Yup, kinda ruins my proposal if they do.

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Good move although I was really impressed with De Haan at the end of the year last season. He was doing well getting over 23 min a game. Boyle removes some risk going into next season. And now they can trade that 5th overall for a first line winger......

I've been saying it all along

Brock + 5th for Yak

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