The San Jose Sharks have announced that veteran defenseman Dan Boyle will not return come the 2014-15 season. Boyle is currently a pending unrestricted free agent.
General manager Doug Wilson is taking the initiative to better a team that blew a 3-0 lead in the playoff series against the Los Angeles Kings. After the brutal loss, the team was sure to give themselves some time to think rather than make any hasty decisions. It is now two weeks later and decisions are being made.
Dan Boyle was acquired by the Sharks in 2008 and has been a major part of the team ever since. He has 68 goals and 201 assists (the career leader in both categories in franchise history) throughout his six years with the franchise and was also a key player on the power play unit.
It’s no surprise that the Sharks are choosing not to resign Boyle. Despite being a major part of the team throughout the past six years, Boyle suffered an extreme injury at the beginning of a year after a hit from Maxim Lapierre of the St. Louis Blues left him unconscious on the ice and mending a severe concussion, missing the majority of the season. And once returning, Boyle was never quite the same. Not to mention he is now 37 years old.
The move is in response to what the team has been doing over the past couple of seasons. The aim is to get a younger, faster team that plays a north-south type of hockey.
Check out Doug Wilson’s audio on the San Jose Sharks Daily Chomp here.