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San Jose is where Boyle wants to be

Mar 20, 2013, 5:14 PM EDT

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Dan Boyle has heard all the trade rumors, and he wants to make one thing clear — he wants to stay in San Jose.

“This is where I want to be,” the veteran defenseman said today, per CSNBayArea.com. “I don’t want to be anywhere else. You guys have been with me for five years and you know what I bring to the table. I don’t want to be anywhere else. It’s not fun to hear that.

“The only other time my name was involved was five years ago. Sometimes where there’s smoke there’s fire, and I hope in this case, it’s not the case. It’s hard not to pay attention to that stuff.”

Boyle is signed through the end of next season to a contract with a cap hit and salary of $6.67 million. The 36-year-old has four goals and eight assists in 26 games this season while averaging 23:21 of ice time.

Even with his offensive numbers in decline, Boyle would still garner good interest on the trade market. And given the Sharks’ play the last month and a half — San Jose’s record is an awful 5-10-6 since a perfect 7-0-0 start — at least one prominent member of the media believes they could use a “fresh coat of paint.”

Writes ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun of Boyle: “He’d be a valuable addition to a contender, that’s for sure. And while I’m not sure people still consider the New York Rangers contenders or not, he’s that top-four, right-handed D-man the Blueshirts could sure use.”

  1. ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Hope Boyle goes nowhere. He’s been the backbone of our D group for years. Although he is in decline, not many on the back end can move the puck better than he can.

    Go Sharks

  2. norcalsportsknowledge - Mar 20, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Agreed, he has been the sharks best defenseman, but I don’t see the sharks making much noise in the playoffs this year and they could use that money in the future and at his age his value isn’t going up. Problem is I believe he has a no trade clause and don’t see him waiving it.
    Go Sharks. And please don’t get rid of Murray!

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:29 PM

      Agreed but I think Stuart has been our best d man

    • fruitsareedible - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:03 PM

      Murray’s been a disaster the past two years. He’s too slow and takes lazy penalties. He and Clowe should be packaged to some dumb Eastern team that wants ‘grit’ and ‘toughness’ instead of ‘good hockey players’.

  3. c1md6 - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

    I really hope my rangers don’t give up youth and future prospects for him. He’s a great d man and has been a rock go San Jose for years but I’d like to stick with our youth than look for a quick fix.

    • ethanmacleod1685 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:28 PM

      He would help the rangers a lot in my opinion

  4. thewaytonever - Mar 21, 2013 at 3:38 PM

    boyle is good but he is getting old and his value is going down. he can score and plays with Passion but if we cab get some decent prospects for him then Wilson should go for it. and I agree Stuart and Irwin have been our best d men this season. as far as crankshaft goes its to.e to let him go. he is slow and can’t seem to hit the net if his life depended in it. if we could get a good 3 rd or 4 th line center or a good checking forward for him it would be an upgrade.

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