Dan Boyle has been holding off for a two-year deal, and he got exactly what he wanted on Tuesday when the New York Rangers gave him just that for a reported $9 million.
The almost 38 year old was traded from the San Jose Sharks after the team has announced they will be going a younger route with the lineup. After six years with the team, his negotiating rights were traded to the New York Islanders who failed in keeping him with the team.
Boyle wanted two years and he wanted to be signed to a potential Stanley Cup winner. Somehow he got exactly what he wanted.
Rangers coach Alain Vigneault made the following statement in regards to the signing of Boyle:
“Dan is an experienced player. He’s been an elite player for a long time. He’s going to help us on the power play, he’s been able to log important minutes on a pretty good team in the last couple of years. We’re really happy to have him”
The Rangers recently lost defenseman Anton Stralman after he signed a five-year contract with the Tampa Bay Lightening. They also lost Benoit Pouliot who signed a five year contract with the Edmonton Oilers. Gaining Boyle will help offset these losses.
Boyle scored 12 goals and had 36 points throughout 76 games played with the Sharks last season. He missed the remainder of the games due to suffering a severe concussion towards the beginning of the season. After coming back, Boyle never quite played the same again and after the season ended, he admitted he tried to come back to play to quickly.
Hopefully Boyle can get back to the amazing player he once was, however only time will tell how he can adapt to the Rangers roster.
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