Dan Boyle is close to hitting free agency and has stated that the Toronto Maple Leafs are high on his list of potential destinations. After the San Jose Sharks traded his negotiating rights to the New York Islaners for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, Boyle stated that he wants to join a contender.
It is unlikely that he will remain with the Islanders who have already made him an offer with no response as of yet. It is rumored that Boyle will reach out to Islanders general manager Garth Snow this week with his decision.
After scoring 12 goals and 36 points in 75 contests this season, Boyle is rumored to be looking for a two year deal. The almost 38 year old defenseman will be hard pressed to find a deal such as this with a top contending team. After suffering a serious concussion in the middle of the season, Boyle returned to play too soon and never reached his full potential again during the 2013-14 campaign. Whether or not he can ever get back to where he was prior to the injury is unknown and a two year deal would be somewhat risky for any team in the league.
The money and years Boyle is asking for might more than the Maple Leafs are willing to pay at this point. Boyle needs to keep his options open at this point and not turn down a deal that would keep him on the ice.
Boyle is currently coming off of a six-year, $40 million contract with the Sharks.