|Posted by Landon Ewaniuk on June 5, 2014 at 4:25 PM|
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San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the team has acquired a conditional fifth-round draft selection in the 2015 NHL Draft from the New York Islanders in exchange for defenseman Dan Boyle. If Boyle re-signs with New York Islanders prior to the start of the 2014-15 regular season, the draft pick becomes a fourth-round selection in the 2015 NHL Draft.
Boyle, 37, recorded 36 points (12G24A 36P) and 32 penalty minutes in 75 games played in 2013-14. The Ottawa, Ontario, native tallied 269 points (68G201A269P) and 305 penalty minutes in 431 games played with San Jose. He leaves ranking first amongst franchise defensemen in goals, assists and points.
Like many other hockey fans: I don't see Dan Boyle Playing a game with the New York Islanders, so to me this was a smart move by San Jose to get something in return for someone slated to become a free agent. Boyle Is a veteran hockey player with a lot left in the tank. Who wants to go somewhere else where you can win one more time before calling it quits. The New York Islanders are in organization in better shape than many people realize. However, I still don't see them winning the Stanley Cup in the near future and that is the opportunity Boyle Is looking for. I will be surprised if he remains a New York Islander.
Dan Boyle possesses all the tools teams look for in an two-way defender. He is one of the best undrafted NHLers playing today. come summer time the list for services will a long one.